Author(s): Min Jin Lee
Casey Han's years at Princeton have given her 'a refined diction, an enviable golf handicap, wealthy friends, a popular white boyfriend, an agnostic's closeted passion for reading the bible, and a magna cum laude degree in economics. But also no job and a number of bad habits...' The elder daughter of working-class Korean immigrants who run a dry cleaning shop in Manhattan, Casey's New York is a world away from the New York of her parents. As Casey navigates a path between the culture to which they so fiercely cling and the life she aspires to, a clash of values, ideals and ambitions plays out against the colourful backdrop of New York society, its many layers and divides.
A stunning debut - a big, vibrant novel of class, race and cultural clash set against the backdrop of New York's Korean community
Min Jin Lee immigrated aged seven to the United States with her family. She studied at Yale and at Georgetown Law School, and worked as a lawyer for several years before giving it up to write full-time. She has been published in the Asian Pacific American Journal, Bananafish, the Missouri Review and Narrative Magazine. Her work has also been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts and anthologized in To Be Real (Doubleday, 1995), and Breeder (Seal Press, 2001). She lives in New York with her husband and son.