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Min Jin Lee (1968 - )

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wordwise April 11th, 2007 05:46 AM PST

Min Jin Lee's writing combines a worldly, dry-eyed, often hilarious contemporary sensibility with the close observation, domestic focus, and richness of old-fashioned story-telling technique. A long short story drawn from "Free Food for Millionaires" is online at www.NarrativeMagazine.com.

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[From the Hachette Book Group site (www.hachettebookgroupusa.com):]

On Writing Free Food for Millionaires
by Min Jin Lee


I was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1968. My parents, two sisters and I immigrated to America in 1976. I was seven and a half years old. We settled in Elmhurst, Queens because Uncle John, my mother's elder brother, lived there. My sisters and I went to P.S. 102 then J.H.S. 73 then my elder sister and I went to the Bronx High School of Science and my younger sister went to Stuyvesant. Like Casey, my main character, I went to an ivy league college. I used these details for my characters intentionally, and no one in my family was bothered by this because that's pretty much where the similarities end between my characters and my family history. It was wonderful in many ways to think back to my old neighborhood and to visit for research, because the sensations rushed back like they had been waiting for me to come and gather them. The sites, the scents, the faces of my new country had been stimulating and profound when I was girl. Such impressions were always within meŚso it turned out.

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