Author: Min Jin Lee
Date of Publishing: April 2008
Publishers: Grand Central Publishing
This is the compelling tale of Princeton graduate Casey Han, the daughter of working class Korean immigrants. Inspite of her ivy league education, she finds herself jobless several months after graduation and neck-deep in debt. It also doesn't help that Casey has such expensive tastes in clothes and hats. I guess that explains the hat-wearing lady on the cover. Lee delves deeper into Casey's life as she struggles to keep her head above water. Plus, we get a glimpse into the life of other Korean immigrants, some rich, some poor as their lives unfold in a America
Am really ashamed to admit that before now, all knew about Korea could be summed up in one short sentence: cars, electronics and K-pop. Not any more. I know a lot more about Korea and Koreans now. But seriously,America has always been the object of better-life fantasies for many of the world's, well, not so priviledged. The promise of a land where everything is possible and the lure of the gold-paved streets which supposedly abound in the US is difficult to resist. But how much of this is true? And when we fianlly land at say, JFK and realise that the colourful TV commercials may have been left out a few details about life over there, what happens to us? Is it invariably more difficult to navigate hardship in a foreign land than if we were back at home? It was easy for me to identify with Casey's struggles and am pretty sure a lot of not-so priviledged young women will do the same. I love authors who possess the super human ability to create and bring to life different fascinating characters. Reading this book was like penetrating deep, into the life of each person and for that I found the book really powerful. This book could be some sort of textbook for Korean immigrants in the USA. Plus, I think am ready to have my first taste of Korean food, for example kimchi?
It's an old book but if you haven't read it yet, I think you owe the bookstore a visit.
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