Thursday, October 15, 2009

Free Food for Millionaires

Free Food for Millionaires Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee, 4+

Casey Han had a scholarship to Princeton; otherwise, she'd have been unable to attend. Her time at Princeton gave her "No job and many bad habits," and a hunger for a lifestyle far above that which she could afford or had been used to with her immigrant Korean parents who ran a laundry service in Manhattan. Through Casey's eye's we see New York as experienced by the poor and the rich. Casey is offered several divergent opportunities and has to choose between independence or indebtedness in different ways. She loves hats, clothes and shoes, and these get her into trouble. This richly textured narrative covers not only Casey's life, but the lives of her parents, friends and lovers, and all the complex interweaving of love, friendship, betrayal, heartbreak, and rekindling. This book that made me laugh and cry. It's touted as being about the "immigrant" experience, but I say it is about the HUMAN experience.. An excellent book. Close to a 5 in my mind. I really enjoyed it. finished 10-13-09

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April Belle said...

This sounds like a story I would LOVE. Thank you so much for giving such a wonderful synopsis! I could relate with everything you described...

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, APril, an excellent read, though heart-breaking at points and disturbing occasiobnally.