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In this "mesmerizing" novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pachinko, the Korean-American daughter of first-generation immigrants strives to join Manhattan's inner circle (USA Today).

Meet Casey Han: a strong-willed, Queens-bred daughter of Korean immigrants immersed in a glamorous Manhattan lifestyle she can't afford. Casey is eager to make it on her own, away from the judgements of her parents' tight-knit community, but she soon finds that her Princeton economics degree isn't enough to rid her of ever-growing credit card debt and a toxic boyfriend. When a chance encounter with an old friend lands her a new opportunity, she's determined to carve a space for herself in a glittering world of privilege, power, and wealth-but at what cost?

Set in a city where millionaires scramble for the free lunches the poor are too proud to accept, this sharp-eyed epic of love, greed, and ambition is a compelling portrait of intergenerational strife, immigrant struggle, and social and economic mobility. Addictively readable, Min Jin Lee's bestselling debut Free Food for Millionaires exposes the intricate layers of a community clinging to its old ways in a city packed with haves and have-nots.

Includes a Reading Group Guide.

ISBN-13: 9781538722022

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: 01-04-2022

Pages: 736

Product Dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.55(d)

Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019). Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and was one of the New York Times' "Ten Best Books of 2017." A New York Times bestseller, Pachinko was also one of the "Ten Best Books" of the year for BBC and the New York Public Library, and a "best international fiction" pick for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In total, it was on over seventy-five best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN, and it was a selection for Now Read This, the joint book club of PBS NewsHour and the New York Times. Pachinko was translated into twenty-seven languages. Lee's debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (2007) was one of the best books of the year for the Times of London, NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today, and it was a national bestseller. Her writings have appeared in the New Yorker, NPR's Selected Shorts, One Story, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Condé Nast Traveler, the Times of London, andthe Wall Street Journal. Lee served three consecutive seasons as a Morning Forum columnist of the Chosun Ilbo of South Korea. In 2018, she was named as one of Adweek's Creative 100 for being one of the "ten writers and editors who are changing the national conversation," and one of the Guardian's Frederick Douglass 200. She received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Monmouth College. She was a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College from 2019-2022.

Table of Contents

Book I Works

1 Options 3

2 Credit 18

3 Net 29

4 Deficit 37

5 Bond 51

6 Proxy 61

7 Derivative 71

8 Cost 77

9 Worth 85

10 Offering 95

11 Covenant 104

12 Loss 110

13 Recognition 120

14 Hold 129

15 Default 138

Book II Plans

1 Compass 157

2 Binoculars 172

3 Luggage 188

4 Holding Pattern 196

5 View 210

6 Language 227

7 Journey 242

8 Gate 252

9 Customs 261

10 Wonders 277

11 Souvenirs 288

12 Insurance 303

13 Passport 317

14 Hospitality 334

Book III Grace

1 Object 347

2 Steam 361

3 Design 376

4 Price 394

5 Block 405

6 Model 417

7 Scissors 437

8 Return 447

9 Seam 463

10 Adjustment 480

11 Baste 495

12 Lining 508

13 Gift 520

14 Crown 531

15 Sketch 544