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Shelter
Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
You can never know what goes on behind closed doors.One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year (Selected by Edan Lepucki) 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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Cinfhen
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#MayMovieMagic When Kyung Cho‘s mother appears at his door, bloodied and disoriented #GimmeShelter seems to be what she is seeking. This is a dark story of family memories, obligations and loyalty. Potential was there but for me, the story fell flat. I‘m still curious to read another book from this debut author.

Eggs Great photo & choice 💗🤗🌺 3w
rohit-sawant Perfect pick! 👏🏼👏🏼 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I have this book, somewhere.. 3w
Reviewsbylola Ooooh I forgot about this one! 2w
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Kristy_K
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I wasn't wholly prepared for the darkness that laid within the pages. This is a family drama that deals with the ugly side of family and society.

While I felt for Kyung and the things he went through as a child, I despised him as an adult. He used this as an excuse to not take responsibility for any of his actions.

This book has no silver-lining. It just lays bare a fictional family and all of their dysfunction.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#comtemporary

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Image from google. Not read the book but have heard that it‘s an absorbing read about familial obligation and cultural identity, set during the American housing crisis and financial crises in 2008.

“..exposes the jagged edges of parent-child relationships and the sacrifices we make in the name of family."

#newhogwartsadventure #houses

vkois88 I think it's a fascinating topic to read about... all that it entails to sacrifice any and everything for those you love ❤ Though reading them can definitely tear your heart apart at times. Good pick 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one and I need to read it!!! 9mo
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Smrloomis
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I really enjoyed this when I read it and it‘s an e-book deal in various formats 🎉. It did have violence that some might want to avoid; I‘ll add that as a comment marked as a spoiler so you can see it if you want to.

Smrloomis I remember this having domestic abuse, sexual assault, and people being held hostage in case that helps you decide whether to read it or not. 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Such a good book! 10mo
Smrloomis @Ashley_Nicoletto I definitely thought so! 👍🏽 10mo
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Amiable
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I love coming into work each day to my Book-A-Day calendar. Several of my colleagues come over to see what the daily book suggestion is, too!

Kaylamburson Love!! 💜❤️📚📚📚 10mo
Megara My coworker and I found one of these book a day calendars in our pulp bins so we made it a daily ritual! Such fun! 10mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Ashley85 I enjoyed this one too! 11mo
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fleeting
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There's a hint of "The Vegetarian" here but while that novella packed a lot, this one was all over the place. The only good thing is the story flows easily--at first, until it loses you not even halfway through the book. Then the protagonist's thoughts and actions border on the eye-rollingly ridiculous. Characters felt flat, plus an ending that will either make you sing a happy childhood song or cringe and be happy to just close the book.

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JulietteGF
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Thanks so much @8little_paws ;) I absolutely love my Valentine's package! I'm really excited about the books, and I absolutely love the goodies.
@Avanders @MrBook @BookBabe #cupidgoespostal

8little_paws Yay! Glad everything arrived safe I was worried about the marshmallows 😁 1y
JulietteGF @8little_paws Everything arrived in perfect state, your crush-proof box worked perfectly ;) Thanks again for everything! 1y
Avanders Oooh that chai looks great!! 💖💋🌸 (edited) 1y
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Jennifercaloyeras
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So much is covered in this gripping debut novel by Jung Yun: the housing crisis, cultural differences, race politics, financial issues, parenting, marriage and the unraveling of the main character, Kyung.

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Purrfectpages
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JoScho This is so true and quite relatable ❤️ 1y
GatheringBooks what a beautiful quote. :) 1y
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Tera66
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Spent a big chunk of my weekend cuddled up with these two. This was such a fantastic book. Its written so lovely. Its got a interesting plot, but its really just about the beautiful mess our relationships with family can be.

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Ashley85
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Found these on clearance today! I wanted to shop longer but my 1 year-old insisted on grabbing the books from the shelves and tossing them on the floor.😫😲 Obviously we have a long way to go 😏 #bookhaul #tbr #tryingtoraisereaders

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Alicia
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Omg!!! I just opened this up today, the holidays are such a whirlwind!!! Thank you sooooooo much @NCNY ! This is such a sweet gift!!! I cannot wait to read both of these! ❤️❣️📚 Also your wrapping job was amazing!!! 🤩😎

NCNY 😃 1y
L_auren I gifted Stories to someone this Christmas thanks to @NCNY suggestion 😬 1y
NCNY @L_auren I hope they enjoy it. I'm forcing this book on all the people I can. I love it! 1y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Pickpick

This book about the sudden demise of a family is amazing. I listened on audio and I'm so glad I finally picked this up.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Today on audio. #currentlylistening

Lacythebookworm Such a good book! 👍 1y
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bellasocks
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...pie for breakfast and a dysfunctional family this Sunday morning

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Tamra
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Panpan

I think I need a break from really screwed up characters, so it might be me instead of the writing. I would have bailed on this audio, but I couldn‘t find anything else to listen to until I was all but finished. It was just too much dysfunction without any relief. 😟 One upside was the ethnic diversity, I always enjoy reading outside my cultural confines.

Cinfhen I gave this a so-so... 2y
Tamra @Cinfhen I waffled between pick & so-so. 2y
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BookNAround
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Finally getting back to this one after putting it down for a long time.

Tamra I just started the audio of this one! 2y
PerksOfBeingABookworm I really like the cover art! 2y
BookNAround I hope it works for me better this time than when I set it aside. @Tamra Do you like the narrator? Might be a way for me to tackle it. @PerksOfBeingABookworm I love the cover art too. 2y
Tamra @BookNAround I just started while falling asleep so I can‘t say yet. ☺️ (edited) 2y
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NCNY
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Bailedbailed

Nope. I cannot take one more page of this book. Relentlessly joyless. Stereotypical Asian-American characters. A plot straight out of a Korean drama. My emotional manipulation alarm is going crazy. Ugh.

UGH! 😠

Suet624 I just unstacked. 😁 1y
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jess_mccoy
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Listening to a library audiobook of s title I wouldn't have otherwise chosen for myself? Must be book club night!

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Lizpixie
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Currently 100 pages into this thriller about a man who's in the middle of a realtors tour of his house,which because of debts he has to sell, when a naked & bleeding woman appears in his backyard. After running outside he realises it's his mother.
Not sure what I think so far, even though the bad thing has happened already, it seems kinda slow. I'm not sure whether to persevere or switch it up with a different book until tomorrow. Hmmm🤔

Dragon I'm very interested to read what you think of this book, it's on my tbr. 😀🐉 2y
Hazel0303 Keep going- the ending was not what I had expected. It's challenging at times because the main character is the worst. 2y
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Lizpixie
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I was thinking of starting this amazing book next, it's gotten such rave reviews from everyone who's read it. But I really need to start my TBR Bingo card as well, so what should I do? Read Shelter or pick a Bingo book?🤔

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I was just meh on this one, but it did get good reviews 🤷‍♀️ 2y
JoeStalksBeck I tried this one and it just didn't grab me 2y
AmyG @Lizpixie I haven't even gotten to my Bingo card as I keep picking up a new book. So read Shelter. Hell with Bingo. ;) 2y
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Darth_Kaders Read what you want to!!! Forget the TBR! 2y
MamaGina Shelter was very good & it's a quick read, I'd go for it!🤓 2y
Reviewsbylola Add this to your bingo card. 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola But I agree. Liked this one, didn't love it. 2y
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moraghastie_author
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Reviewsbylola Beautiful picture. 2y
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Foxyfictionista
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🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠 This book was not what I was expecting but I thought it was incredible. I like stories about dysfunctional families because my family sometimes lives at dysfunction junction. Stories like this always make me feel that it could always be worse. 🤣 But, wow, this one really made me want to hug everyone in my family.

ReadingRover I've had this on my tbr forever 2y
Foxyfictionista @ReadingRover I'd be interested to know what you think of it once you've read it. 2y
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MelanieMefford
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Chose this book for the Litsy reading challenge, "Judged by the cover", because it immediately grabbed my attention when I saw it at the bookstore. Less than 20 pages in and I'm already hooked. Jung Yun's writing really sets the tone and place. Amazing.

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24in48
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Thanks to one of our favorite podcasts @thereadingwomen we have some prizes for our international participants. They're giving away your choice of one of their 2016 award winners plus some podcast swag. Have you signed up yet? Go do it to it at 24in48.com and help put us over 1,000 readers.

ClairesReads Two amazing books!! 2y
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Yeah_I_Read
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@Maggie thanks for everything 😊#beachinbookswap

JoeStalksBeck I love that butterfly that holds the book open! 2y
Yeah_I_Read Me too! I can finally read properly while eating 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 @Maggie 😊😊😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love that too @JoeStalksBeck I wonder where is was purchased?? 2y
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BethM Lol- the real life struggles of a reader! 2y
Maggie I hope you like it all! 😊 2y
Maggie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoeStalksBeck - the butterfly is from Half Price Books if you have one where you live. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Maggie no... 😐😐 I wish that I did!! 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Maggie yes I love everything! Thank you so much 😊 2y
JoeStalksBeck Thanks!!! 2y
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TheBookCorgi
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Not happy that Mahm is back to work today. 😐
#ButYouJustGotHome #AttentionRequired #YesAllOfIt #CorgiLife #TheBookCorgi

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Loralie
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This was a different book than I was expecting, but the writing was amazing. A family that is dysfunctional on all levels must deal with a horrific acts for asks if we must be there & care for family that never did the same for us.

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Loralie
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About half way through, & I think this going to be in the category of cringe books for me: Books where the character is so clearly going to blow up everything in their life & hurt those they love so much that I cringe reading it. The writing is so good though!

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Loralie
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While I wait for my birthday books to arrive & for Doctor Who tonight, I am going to start on this from the library! I really like the convenience of borrowing book on my Nook, although I do prefer "real" books.

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Kathyhurtado3
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Mind blowing , heartbreaking book

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wrenaymuhree
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I tend to enjoy books w/ protagonists who struggle with identity, particularly those characters struggling to immerse themselves in (or cut ties with) cultural expectations/values/norms. Possibly bc this is so separate from my own life experiences? Anyway, Shelter gripped me from the start, & while several characters were unlikable, I felt empathy for most. I expected a different chain of events at the end, but felt content w/ the outcome.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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wrenaymuhree
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Currently reading this library find from my typical perch. I'm 100 pages in and completely enraptured. This one's going to live up to the hype, I think!

Also, mad props to my hubby who built all of the furniture pictured here. That chair is a lifesaver for days when my back aches!

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Hazel0303
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So baby Olivia Hope was born on May 18th and boy has life been busy. The little time I've had to read I cannot find a book that I'm in the mood for or is interesting to save my life. I have started Natchez Burning, Maine, and Engagements. Here is hoping maybe Shelter will break that cycle. I'm still struggling with ACOWAR too.

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CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! 😍 2y
Bookzombie So cute! I love her name too! 2y
Reviewsbylola She is so beautiful! I remember I hardly had any concentration for books in the weeks after my girls were born. Such a special time. ❤️ 2y
Reviewsbylola Oh and obviously congratulations!! 2y
Hazel0303 Thank you @CherylDeFranceschi @Bookzombie @Reviewsbylola ❤️ she is our little cutie pie. 2y
erinreads Congratulations! She's so adorable! 💕 2y
DebReads4fun Congratulations! She is beautiful and I love her name! 2y
Hazel0303 Thank you @erinreads ! 2y
Hazel0303 Thank you @DebReads4fun we love it too! 2y
AmyWrites Congratulations! She's adorable! Motherhood is the best, hardest thing I've ever done. You will grow in ways you never knew you could! 2y
megt Congratulations! 2y
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Anna40
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The narrator is a character with so many flaws and still I kept rooting for him until the end! The writing was so good that I could feel his grief. An incredibly sad book from start to finish and still I could not put it down.

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emilyhaldi
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I enjoyed this look at dysfunctional family relationships, especially the Korean aspect. I was reminded somewhat of the cultural struggles that were illuminated in Pachinko. The author did a nice job of building the back story to help explain why the main character was so unable to cope with his responsibilities as a husband and father, even though it was frustrating experience to read through!

ClairesReads Such an intense but amazing biik 2y
Laalaleighh First review that's made me want to read this. 2y
emilyhaldi @Laalaleighh that's awesome! 🤗 Definitely give it a try, it's an enjoyable read. 2y
Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed the cultural aspect as well and the impact it had in driving the characters and their actions. 2y
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megsb23
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This is a stunning novel. Devastating & heart-wrenching but beautiful and haunting

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AceOnRoam
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I was so totally immersed in this novel, the characters and the setting and even the story felt so real. This is a debut by this author so I can't wait to read her next book.

#ReadingOnRoam

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AceOnRoam
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I love the narrator's voice, Raymond Lee. Apparently he also co-narrates The Sun is also a Star, which I will line up to listen to soon.

#ReadingOnRoam

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AbstractMonica
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More Books 📚

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Jas16
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I don't think there was a single likeable character in the book but I couldn't stop reading. #unlikeablecharacters #aprilbookshowers

Tamra Sounds tense - I'll check it out. 2y
Suzze Oh, you're right! I loved this so I guess I don't always need someone to like. 2y
Reviewsbylola The only tolerable one was Kyung's wife, and still she was questionable at times too. 2y
Jas16 @Reviewsbylola I honestly did not like her either. 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This novel. Holy cow. There was no way I could have predicted where this book would end, and what an emotional, crazy ride it was to get there. Pretty sure this will wind up as one of my favorites of the year. Celebrating World Book Day in a book coma!! 😉📚🎉

minkyb Excellent endorsement! 2y
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LaurenReads
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I was sucked into this book from the very beginning. I disliked the main character immensely, but the storyline was well done and the way abuse and a horrific crime affects a person and family was heartbreaking.

emilyhaldi Just bought this from the bookoutlet sale!! 2y
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littleblogofbooks
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Just started this and it's off at a cracking pace!

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Definitely blaming this one on @thereadingwomen - it just sounded too good!!

thereadingwomen Yay! Looking forward to your review. 😊 2y
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Lesliereads
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A well-written unhappy story. Hurt people hurting people.

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Audrey
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Tension and family secrets from the very first page. This was a riveting read and not nearly as dark as the rest of book group had foretold. Yun handled the cultural differences and the psychology of domestic violence as well as the aftermath of a brutal crime, beautifully. I could hear the voices of the immigrant parents and their emotionally damaged son as well as the "american" wife and her family. It's so well written that it just spoke to me.

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Lesliereads
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Shall I offset this foreboding read with a glass of Chardonnay in a pretty glass? #litsypartyofone #breadandbutter #bookswithwine

britt_brooke This answer is yes. Always yes. #cheers 🍷 2y
Lesliereads @britt_brooke thank you for providing the correct response to the question❣🥂 2y
Joanne1 A resounding yes! 2y
Lesliereads @Joanne1 another correct answer!⭐️ 2y
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thereadingwomen
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It's no secret that Kendra and I are serious fans of SHELTER by Jung Yun, fiction winner of the 2016 Reading Women Award. We finally got the chance to ask her all questions we've had about the book and also got an update on her upcoming projects. Give it a listen! 🎧 #recommendsday

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reading-women/id1118019442?mt=2&i=1000383273...

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