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Free Food for Millionaires
Free Food for Millionaires | 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, and a magna cum laude degree in economics.But 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 inhabits a New York a world away from that of her parents. Ambitious, spirited and obstinate, she's developed a taste for a lifestyle - and a passion for beautiful hats and expensive tailoring - she hasn't the means to sustain. And between the culture to which her family so fiercely cling and the life she aspires to, Casey must confront her own identity, the meaning of wealth, and what she really wants from her future. As Casey navigates an uneven course of small triumphs and spectacular failures, a clash of values, ideals and ambitions plays out against the colourful backdrop of New York society, it's many layers, shades and divides...
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#bookmail #BOTM #bookishapparel #litsymail

Thank you for the Christmas card and “thinking of you” @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💕💕

Hopefully my Christmas cards are going out this weekend and yours should have a long note back @Crazeedi (thank you for your patience!) 🤗💜

I can‘t believe FFfM is so long (661 pages 😳) and my Wealth of Nations lithograph shirt showed up.

It‘s good to be back! I missed y‘all! 😁👍🏻

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2d
Crazeedi I'm going to work on my cards this weekend too! I've been thinking about you, checked your feed yesterday and saw you hadn't posted recently. So I'm so happy to see this! I hope your sleep has helped you heal! 2d
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘😁🤗❤️🥰 2d
Megabooks @Crazeedi thank you! ❤️😘 It seems to have. I‘ve only been sleeping 8-10 hours the past couple of days, so maybe the extra high sleep need is over? I‘m still sore, but I feel better overall. 2d
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When Casey was born, Leah remembered looking down at the wet, red face and thinking, I would die for you, and the fierce attachment that followed in being a mother had frightened her.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 3w
Eggbeater Welcome to Litsy. 🐙 3w
TheSpineView Welcome! Great to have you! 💜📚💜 3w
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Oh @8little_paws ! I think this is so in your wheelhouse! I saw your post about it after I already finalized my box, so I checked out the ebook. So far, it‘s rough but gorgeous. Enjoy! 👍🏻👍🏻😁

8little_paws Very excited!! Will need some longer books to read while holding the baby this winter! 1mo
Megabooks @8little_paws Yes!! So happy that your family is expanding!! 💙💙 1mo
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Looks like I'm getting 3 this month!! I saw an absolutely glowing review of FFFM on Instagram last week that made it sound completely my wheelhouse and apparently this edition has a new prologue by the author about her writing the book. Fair play sounds perfect for me these days as..... I'm about to become a parent! My baby is due 12/15. I think my spouse and I already have a good division of labor but I'm very open to learning more! #botm

Librarybelle Congratulations! 1mo
8little_paws @librarybelle thank you! I never saw myself as a parent but the last few years I could see myself actually doing it! And here we are! 1mo
AmyRebecca I liked FFFM and hopefully you will too! 1mo
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lele1432 Aww congrats!! And I have this BOTM edition of FFFM too! I've heard a lot of good things, need to get to it! 1mo
xicanti Congratulations! 1mo
Reggie Omg, you used to be single, then you moved, then you got married, and now you‘re having a baby!!! How exciting!! I kinda want a sing The Circle of Life but will refrain until you have grandchildren. But for reals, congratulations, momma!! 1mo
8little_paws @reggie yes it's been quite a busy past few years! I also got a new job this year and left my old one which was extremely toxic. My new job is great! 1mo
Amor4Libros FFM is soo good! 1mo
Jas16 Congratulations! So exciting! 1mo
Megabooks Adding two little hands to the 8 paws! So happy for you! Congratulations 🎉🎉 1mo
Lola Congrats!!!!! I am never missing a Read Harder again!! 😂😂
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8little_paws @lola lol!! Well, I won't be there till at least January. My midwife appointments leading up to birth are Thursday nights now. 1mo
Lola @8little_paws Maybe we can find some time before then to catch up. I‘m so happy for you!!! 1mo
8little_paws @lola that would be great! I'm hoping to go to the party at roscoebooks later this month provided baby is still holding up well 1mo
BookNAround Congratulations on the upcoming addition! Hardest and best thing ever. 3w
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I‘m ready for some quiet reading time. #currentlyreading

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Somehow the number generator that the Book Cougars podcast hosts used picked me!! Love surprises in the mail.

auntie_jenn loved this book. right up there with Pachinko. 2mo
Christine Oh yay! And I love The Book Cougars. 2mo
Centique That‘s so cool! I listen to that podcast, but I‘m behind at the moment - I‘ll hear the winner and for once I‘ll know who it is! 😊 2mo
Suet624 @Centique 👏🏽👏🏽💕💕 2mo
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Amor4Libros
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I finally finished it!! I didn‘t think I was going to love this book as much as Pachinko, but I loved it more!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #24in48

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Amor4Libros
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Trying to finish this book before I fall asleep tonight (don‘t think it‘s going to happen, honestly), but first... 🍦🍦#24in48

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Amor4Libros
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Still powering through this one. I‘m still really liking it, but I am taking my time with it 🙂

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Amor4Libros
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Have not made much progress on this even though I am liking it. Started watching Greenleaf on Netflix and have been on a binge 😂

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Amor4Libros
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Just started this and I am already liking it. I loved Pachinko, and hoping this one delivers!

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Dolly
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Mehso-so

This was Lee‘s first novel. Unlike Pachinko, I took nothing away from this book. To me it was all about relationships which I try to avoid reading about. I did like the cover.

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I enjoyed this story of Casey, a Korean-American in NYC, and her family & friends. Casey is an original, hat-making, sometimes spiky character & her reserved parents & entitled banker friends are nuanced & real. Some great observations of small details that make up a life. Episodic but by the end you feel as though you‘ve experienced life from their points of view. A little long, but a book I enjoyed coming back to.

Cathythoughts Lovely pic ✨✨✨ 9mo
Abailliekaras @cathythoughts thanks! ☺️ 9mo
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Just finished this & thoroughly enjoyed it. It‘s filled with small, true observations like this one. 💕

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JulAnna
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Finally done with my Saturday chores, so I am settling down with a cup of cocoa to start this. I hope it works for me, as I have had a hard time picking a new book. 😊

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emhwsuh
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did not deliver on depth i'd expected, especially having read pachinko, but it is most definitely a page turner. had a few good moments, but on the whole felt difficult to believe.

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CindyE09
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Up late tonight to finish this first book by the author of Pachinko, which I quite enjoyed. Written in the same style as Pachinko, but about a daughter of Korean immigrants trying to figure her life out in NYC in the early 90s. I enjoyed this novel, but not as much as Pachinko. At almost 600 pages in the paperback edition, it felt a little long at times, but it managed to hold my attention and keep me reading.

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Abailliekaras
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Fading summer light, a crisp white wine & this book. I‘m really enjoying it so far! 😀📖

JennyM Enjoy 😊 Looks a perfect spot. 10mo
Abailliekaras @JennyM thanks! A rare peaceful moment. 😉 10mo
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Muzi
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Dream to curl up with Free Food for Millionaires in this Tokyo library cum bookshop.

Lynnsoprano Welcome to our Litsy family! Check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon for tips and advice. 10mo
BethM Welcome to the family! Check out @RaimeyGallant and @Chelleo for tips! 10mo
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wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 #LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
RaimeyGallant Beautiful! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 10mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 10mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜💙♥️💙💜 10mo
Tonton Irrasshaimase, welcome! 10mo
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Crazeedi Welcome to litsy !🎉🎉🎉 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 10mo
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My first book of 2019 was a great one! Hugely expansive, it followed a small cast of people through a lot of life events. I was so impressed by how much light and shade every character had. One pitfall of books with many central characters like this is that you can‘t care about each plot equally - I definitely found myself skimming Leah‘s sections and luxuriating in Ella‘s, but Casey was a strong enough throughline to keep it all together

Abailliekaras Reading it now! Loving Casey and Ella - haven‘t got to Leah yet. 😊 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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Starting New Years off with a book! And a hangover, and cake for breakfast, just as it should be.

I‘ve been partway through this chunkster for ages and decided to finally make some progress, I‘m loving it but the length is a little intimidating. I‘ve decided to be kinder to myself with my reading challenge for this year (300 rather than 365 books) so I can savour some longer ones.

Happy new year everybody!

Kaye Happy new year. You‘re starting it out right with cake for breakfast ! 11mo
Magpiegem Only 300😉 mine is 30 and that‘s ambitious! Happy new year. I hope the hang over isn‘t too bad! Xxx 11mo
SW-T Happy new year! 🍰🥂📚 11mo
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Trashcanman Happy new year to you, you beautiful soul. 11mo
SamanthaMarie Cake for breakfast, yes!!!! 11mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 11mo
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auntie_jenn
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i read 65 books in 2018. here are some of my favorites ❤️

Cinfhen A few of these are on my 2019 TBR 11mo
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auntie_jenn
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Pickpick

560 pages flew by and i could have kept going as i enjoyed all the storylines. if you loved Pachinko, give Lee‘s debut a read. 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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devoured a chunk of this big, beautiful novel from my vacation chair. sending warmth to those in the winter storm 🧡

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Terrible pic cause it‘s a screenshot from my phone! Sorry!

Casey yearned for the darkened steel layer of the city sky, banded by pink-and-grey ribbons of twilight, to be stripped to reveal the stars.

I don‘t know if I‘ve ever read anything so beautifully put about the night sky in cities before. Min Jee Lee is really special

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From the annual bookfair. Is it just me or are new books really pricey nowadays? I used to get around 4 books at their prices. I thought it was the bookstore's way of increasing commission so when the discount is deducted we end up paying for the actual price knowing that people would only buy books during a sale, making the discount superfluous (if that makes sense). But these are Amazon prices (after 20% off) so Idk if that's competitive.

whimsy So I have a question, how do you guys decide that a new book is priced fairly enough to convince you to get it? Do you have a site you used to compare? Do you have tips? I'm starting to look at BookDepository more often but idk yet if the prices there are okay despite the 0 shipping. I'm an overseas (outside US) customer and rely on book importation so would love to know more tricks. 1y
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LectricSheep
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These are my best reads so far of #2018! (I‘ll post close ups soon. If only we had an option for multiple photo posts!)
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Best Fiction: Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee
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Best Nonfiction: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
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Best YA: Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watson
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Best Science Fiction/Fantasy: The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (I listened to this on #audiobook, and it was amazing!!)
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Have you read these? Did you like them? ☺️

SamanthaMarie LOVE Name of the Wind. I've not read the other though! Sounds like some good reads so far this year. :) 1y
LectricSheep @SamanthaMarie Yes!!! I‘m listening to Wise Man‘s Fear now but like...so slowly. I‘m afraid once it‘s done I‘ll have to wait for another five years for the final in the trilogy! 1y
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Heatherfeather Looooove your page layout 1y
SamanthaMarie @LectricSheep Haha seriously!! I read Wise Man's Fear four years ago. And it seems like I will never get to read the conclusion 😂 They are really well written and stay with you. 1y
ephemeralwaltz Loving this!! 1y
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REPollock
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Loved this book! On sale today for kindle.

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LectricSheep
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Getting to Words Between Worlds‘ (check them out on Goodreads & IG) debut book club choice just before the end of the month— phew! I love the title of this book. 💸

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I‘ve been participating in a new diverse book club on GR and IG this month. Their Feb. book is @lee_minjin‘s debut novel, FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES. I‘m still working my way through it, but so far, I‘m enjoying Lee‘s book, & learning more about Korean culture here in the U.S., in particular New York City. I‘ve had PACHINKO, Lee‘s other novel on my TBR for a while, which will be bumped up on my list, now that I‘ve had a taste of her writing style.

catebutler Here‘s the link to the bookclub on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/words.between.worlds 2y
catebutler Here‘s the link to the bookclub on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/416761-words-between-worlds 2y
LectricSheep Yes yes yes! Words between worlds looks so cool! I hope they come to Litsy. (edited) 2y
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catebutler @LectricSheep I‘m really enjoying it so far! You should join the group! I think they‘ll have a great line-up! 2y
LectricSheep I‘m not super present on IG/bookstagram, but this might be the impetus for that change. 🤔 2y
catebutler @LectricSheep they are having the discussions over on Goodreads too, I included a link to both in the comments above. So if you‘re more comfortable on there, it would be great to see you! 2y
LauraBeth I read this a few years ago and loved it! 2y
catebutler @LauraBeth I‘m so glad I finally picked Lee up! Have you read (edited) 2y
LauraBeth @catebutler it was one of my favorite reads of 2017! 2y
catebutler @LauraBeth I keep hearing how good it is, I must get to it soon! 2y
LectricSheep I asked one of the WBW mods about extending the club to Litsy! 🤞🏻 2y
catebutler @LectricSheep Let me know what they say! 2y
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Seeing Min Jin Lee speak today made me really want to try her debut novel. If you ever get a chance, go see her.. she was so good! She has woo (if you know strenthsfinder) for sure, remembered names, improvisational, unafraid of tough questions.

saresmoore How wonderful! I am looking forward to reading her debut, as well. 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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The book definitely has its flaws but I'm still giving it a pick because I enjoyed reading it. Life is messy and I rather liked the messy characters that fail and fail and fail again - a bit like my twenties! I need to beg, steal or borrow a copy of Pachinko, I think I can take a reading journey with Min Jin Lee into her future novels.

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I actually got a fair amount of reading done while the kids were playing outside. 40 pages left! It's been an enjoyable if not life-changing read, but I'll be glad to be able to move on to the many other print books that are waiting.

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Very different from and not as good as Pachinko, this book however served to confirm that the author is someone whose works I will always enjoy reading. I'm torn about the ending, and that it felt like a copout dramatically speaking, but it adhered very closely to the understated realism of the rest of the book. Per the organdy flowers pictured, I loved all of the protracted sections about millinery and hatmaking, too.

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I am loving this book as much as I did the very-different-but-awesome PACHINKO.

Pictured: antique belt buckle on Tibetan lambswool

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Oh so true. The plight of the modern millinery enthusiast.

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I had no idea millinery was a part of this book! 👒🎩💖

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REPollock
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Great wine, great book, great evening.

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REPollock
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Yaaasssss! Can't wait to start this! 🎩

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LauraBrook
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Last books from Amazon for the month! 🤞🏼#bookhaul

MallenNC Killers of the Flower Moon is great 2y
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Ms_T
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Have any of my Litsy friends read this? Is it as breathtakingly good as Pachinko? #AskLitsy

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Tonton
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Classic American immigrant story via Korean experience in '90's NYC. Casey Han is academically brilliant, hard working, on the way to elite status while being bound to traditions finding her way through class, race, love, and haves and have-nots. I'm multi-cultural and bilingual (though not Korean) but so much resonated. Liked it very much!

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SharonGoforth
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More from today's used bookstore adventure. Free Food for Millionaires is by the author of Pachinko, so that was a no-brainer, love Michael Ondaatje so yes, Le Colonial is historical fiction about Southeast Asia, and All Souls' Rising is historical fiction of Haiti prior to the French Revolution. #bookhaul #nosuchthingastoomanybooks

LauraBeth I loved Free Food For Millionaires 😀 3y
SharonGoforth @LauraBeth Oh, good! Pachinko was fantastic, so I figured I couldn't go wrong 😊 3y
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Kenny
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Because the second I finished Pachinko I needed more of her perfect storytelling. Five stars.

I'm posting every book I read in 2017 on Twitter. Follow me there for more book goodness: https://twitter.com/kennycoble/status/841712759939067904

saresmoore So agreed! I haven't read this one yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll love it. 3y
Wife Followed! 3y
CouronneDhiver That cover reminds me of Phryne Fisher 🙂 3y
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peaknit
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So good. The characters were so authentic, I feel like a traitor calling them characters. I loved and hated many of them. Casey, the protagonist, was who she was, sometimes ashamed of her choices and behaviors but at the end of the day accepted herself and others as human. It was a bit long, I'll grant you that, but I found each persons story compelling enough to stick with it.

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peaknit
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"You can't just quit a marriage because you got a better offer. People and promises are not like jobs." *So true

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I enjoyed Pachinko so much I dusted off her debut. A friend gave it to me many years ago and I didn't give it the chance it deserved. @Cseero Who knew? Thank you!😊

peaknit P.S. @Cseero please let me know if you want to read Pachinko, it's ready for a new home. 3y
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