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In the tradition of "Affliction" and "The House of Sand and Fog," this is a masterfully crafted debut novel that asks what it means to provide for one's family. When an act of violence leaves Kyung Cho's parents, Jin and Mae, unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and he decides to take them in. As the safe distance between them collapses, Kyung is forced to question what it means to be a good husband, father, and son, while the life he knew begins to crumble and his own anger demands to be released.
Publisher: New York : Picador, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781250075611
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 20, 2017

Author Jung Yun takes us on the painful journey of immigration & assimilation with a Korean first and second generation family. Traditional culture is portrayed at its best and worst - a close knit community supportive when families are in need; and the hidden shame of beatings behind doors at home. Modern culture at its best and worst likewise plays out. The author holds an encompassing & compassionate view on sharply drawn characters, even as they act out in their dysfunctional family.

Aug 10, 2017

In "Shelter" Jung Yun tells us what goes on behind closed doors in the Cho family. Kyung Cho struggles to maintain his wife Gillian and young son Ethan. Just miles away his parents live in luxury with money to spare. Yet, Kyung does not want to approach them for help nor do they offer. In explaining this dynamic Jung Yun tells us the story of Kyung's childhood tortured by abuse.
One act of abuse puts all the members of the Cho family under one roof. Kyung is not able to take it and the consequences are disastrous. A powerful debut novel.

Feb 09, 2017

I agree with jersey_girl. what is good about this story ? I'm at page 78 and ALL the characters are dysfunctional. Bad things happen to everyone.....The elderly father and mother. The house cleaner. It's like shock makes for good reading. Not when that is all
there is. I have no praise for this sad little book. I'm closing and taking back to the library. Have better things to do with my time than read about misery, people who have no good relationships with each other, and ugliness and violence. Very disappointed in the reviewers on the book jacket.......

JCLMELODYK Oct 21, 2016

Family dysfunction, family secrets and a horrific and violent ordeal that brings everything to the surface. How do you care for your abuser after they've been abused?

Heavy read.

ArapahoePamelaH Aug 16, 2016

The playing out of family secrets and what happens when one's family provides no "shelter". A well done debut novel.

Aug 14, 2016

Very good.
Enjoyed it immensely .
Ending was a page turner with all the characters, very thought out.
Author brings forward also cultural differences that immigrants face every day and how hard it is to adjust to your new home.

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