Paperback: Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee

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The Independent Culture

In Korean tradition, there's an emotion called "han" that usually expresses a sense of resentment, sorrow, or frustration. In a fat holiday book of a read, Yale-educated Min Jin Lee tells the story of the aptly named Casey Han, an angry young Korean-American raised by immigrant parents in Queens. Anxious to make her mark on Nineties New York – but wary of law and business school – Casey finds achieving happiness more onerous than bagging Mr Right. While Lee has nothing radical to add to the immigrant narrative, her confident storytelling and glitzy portraits of Manhattan life make the novel a pleasurable, engrossing read.