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Shelter by Jung Yun

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Violence comes in many forms. Some we live with and replicate, and sometimes it is completely random. Is it ingrained within our culture? Do some cultures harbor it more than others? Kyung Cho grew up in Marlboro, MA after moving with his parents from Korea when he was a young boy. He married a non-Korean woman, whose father and brother are both police officers. They have a young son and are floundering financially. One day, while trying to figure out how to get out from the house they own but cannot afford, Kyung’s mom stumbles into the yard, completely naked. We quickly learn that she has escaped from a horrible imprisonment inside her own home, up the hill in a more affluent part of the neighborhood. This tightly-crafted tale comes to a life-affirming, but hardly simple conclusion that will challenge you to evaluate how you would act if placed in a similar situation (I hope you never are). BuzzFeed's #1 Most Buzzed About Book of the Year. (Full disclosure: Jung (the author) and I are friends and I was really excited to read her debut novel). Check Our Catalog

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