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"Shelter is domestic drama at its best, a gripping narrative of secrets and revelations that seized me from beginning to end."—Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Sympathizer
One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year (Selected by Edan Lepucki)
Now BuzzFeed's #1 Most Buzzed About Book of 2016 So Far
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future.
A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Growing up, they gave him every possible advantage—private tutors, expensive hobbies—but they never showed him kindness. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and he’s compelled to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof. Tensions quickly mount as Kyung’s proximity to his parents forces old feelings of guilt and anger to the surface, along with a terrible and persistent question: how can he ever be a good husband, father, and son when he never knew affection as a child?
As Shelter veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Jung Yun leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Shelter is a masterfully crafted debut novel that asks what it means to provide for one's family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.
From Publishers Weekly
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this novel tells the story of Kyung and his relationship with his wife, kids, parents and in-laws - the novel starts off with some very interesting events that pique the readers interest immediately- this momentum is not upheld throughout the book as the main character's internal conflict is revealed throughout the middle of the story. It was sometimes hard to empathize with the main character as he presented himself as week and unmotivated. The end of the novel picks up a bit and makes readers want to finish the book - overall an ok book.
Couldn't put this book down!
A superbly written book which leaves you reeling. Definitely a book to add to your list.
I read, Glad About You, just prior to this book by the acclaimed author Rebeck. Shelter, to me, is far superior in style and meaningful story and characters. This is not an easy book to read nor is it a glam fairy tale. This is a book that opens cultural wounds that cross many cultures in the world.