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Why should a man care for his parents when they failed to take care of him as a child?

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.

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    Shelter Reviews

  • Matthew

    I enjoyed the writing a lot. I thought it was well done, easy to read, and kept my interest. However . . .The main character was the most pitiful excuse for a main character I have ever seen. He is a ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Wow.... Now I understand why "Shelter" was a contender for best fiction of 2016. Where does one begin to write a review?Immediately I was pulled in. Within pages we are involved with the struggles a c...

  • Andrew Smith

    Kyung Cho is Korean born but is now living in America with his wife Gillian and their four-year-old son. He’s well educated and works as a tenure-track professor at the local university. But he and ...

  • Kelli

    This emotionally draining story deserves the reader's full attention, even though it may cause something to shift inside of you. It is beautifully written, devoid of author manipulation, and it someho...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Shelter is one of those words that can hold a different meaning for different people. For me, my shelter is my home, a place of safety, comfort, and even peace now that my children are grown and n...

  • j e w e l s

    4 STARSSHELTER is an engrossing book from the very first page to the last. It starts with a horrific crime and continues with the secrets unleashed in it's aftermath. I can't say I actually enjoyed th...

  • Julie Ehlers

    I think we've all had experiences of finding it easier to review a book we didn't like than a book we really liked. When a novel doesn't work for us, it's usually fairly obvious which parts are malfun...

  • Erika

    I picked up Shelter after reading a few of the reviews here, and I’m so glad I listened to my GR’s friends! What a rare book! On the surface, Kyung Cho has a pretty good life. Sure he’s deeply i...

  • Rincey

    I know I'm like 4 years behind the trend on this one, but holy cow, this book is so good. Watch my full review:

  • Margitte

    Kyung Cho, a Korean born American is married to an Gillian an Irish-American. He has a doctorate in biology and teaches at a university. But they struggle to make ends meet, with enough debts to have ...