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"Kyung Cho's home is worth less money than he owes. A tenure-track professor, he and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. Now their decisions have caught up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family's future: all he wants is to provide the home that was denied him to their son. Not that he ever wanted for pleasing things -- his father moved the family from Korea, and made good money engineering patents for the university that now employs his son. Kyung was raised in the town's most affluent neighborhood, in the exquisite house where his parents, Jin and Mae, still live, but his childhood was far from comfortable. Jin was always swift to anger, and whenever he took a hand to Mae, she would inflict the wounds she suffered on Kyung. With the support of his parents' pastor, Kyung brought the cycle to a halt, but he cannot bear the thought of asking them for help. Yet when Jin and Mae become victims of a violent home invasion, the dynamic suddenly changes, and Kyung is compelled to take them in. As the carefully established distance between Kyung and his parents collapses, he must reckon with his childhood, even as the life that he has built begins to crumble. As Shelter veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Jung Yun's debut novel leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Taut and masterfully told, it as riveting as it is profound."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250075611
Branch Call Number: FIC Yun
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 22 cm.


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Shelter by Jung Yun is an intense and emotionally charged read that will grip the reader from start to finish. The story revolves around a young man dealing with the fallout of a home invasion attack on his parents. Intricately layered, dark and disturbing, and powerfully gripping, I could relate to the main character’s struggle to balance his family obligations with his feelings of guilt. (Submitted by Alan).

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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