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 debut.
You know that you have reached a pinnacle in your career, if you become a Double Jeopardy clue on the popular television show Jeopardy. Min Jin Lee was given that unique honor in July of 2018 under the category of, "Literary Types". Lee is definitely one of the best of the premier fiction writers in the world. She has received more awards and more notoriety than many other authors combined. Her novel, Pachinko, written in 2017, was the main work that garnered Lee such literary praise from all levels of critics, among them being an Adweek Creative 100, which placed her among the 10 Writers and Editors Who are Changing the National Conversation.
Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, but her family came to the United States in 1976. She grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, New York from the age of 7. She spent much of her time in the library, where she learned to read and write. After earning her degrees, Lee worked as a corporate lawyer in New York for several years before she began her writing career in earnest. She has lectured at prestigious universities and colleges around the world. She now lives in New York with her son, Sam and her husband Christopher Duffy.