Casey Han's four years at Princeton gave her many things, "But no
job and a number of bad habits." Casey's parents, who live in
Queens, are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner, desperately
trying to hold on to their culture and their identity. Their
daughter, on the other hand, has entered into rarified American
society via scholarships. But after graduation, Casey sees the
reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain
them. As she navigates Manhattan, we see her life and the lives
around her, culminating in a portrait of New York City and its
world of haves and have-nots.
"Free Food for Millionaires" offers up a fresh exploration of the
complex layers we inhabit both in society and within ourselves.
Inspired by nineteenth-century novels such as "Vanity Fair" and
"Middlemarch, " Min Jin Lee examines maintaining one's identity
within changing communities in what is her remarkably assured
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