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  • Maggie R. (Canoga Park, CA)
    Another excellent book that takes the reader into the inner workings of a complicated family. At once painful and familiar, the emotions and relationships of Kyung, his wife and parents are exposed following a horrendous violation. Highly recommended.
  • Donna W. (Lansing, NY)
    Skeletons in the closet...
    Well written and hard to put down. Great character development through the melding of an Americanized son with his traditional, Korean parents.

    The family tragedy brings a great many forces to a head, and brings to life all of the myriad of flaws of this family.

    Family secrets culminate in mixed emotions throughout the maladjusted family dynamic. A grown man comes to grips with the raw emotions experienced throughout his childhood as he tries to make sense of it all...
  • Sheila B. (Danvers, MA)
    Riveting family study
    A damaged family fraught with secrets---until it blows wide open. Unspeakable acts behind closed doors; survivors and victims. Realistic reactions to terrible events. I liked this book a LOT as it is a study in man's inhumanity to man and its effects on the children and the children of those children.
  • Rose N. (Saginaw, MI)
    Kyung Cho is a Korean-American college professor with a young family and a lot of debt who has always tried to 'fit in'. He grew up with cold and abusive parents, Jin and Mae, who live in luxury near Kyung and have had little to do with the Cho family through the years. When his parents experience a horrible tragedy and must move in with the Chos, Kyung's life slowly begins to unravel. He is astounded and envious of the love with which his father, Jin, enfolds his son, that has always been withheld from Kyung. Kyung is unable to feel the love and sympathy that he knows he should feel toward his parents. He is also unable to accept the fact that his parents are sharing his home and his family as they have never cared to do in the past. Kyung's life begins spinning out of control.

    This is a compelling and emotional story of love, loss, guilt and forgiveness. This is a book ripe for sharing and discussion.
  • Carolyn V. (Douglass, KS)
    I classify books as "Easy to put down" or "Easy to pick up". Shelter is an easy to pick up book. You wanted to get back to it to find out how the defining event of the novel came to be.
    I wanted to read this book for the characters – a birth family, a mother, a son, a father, a son's married family. The characters were well done; you got to know them and the reasons for their behavior. It is true that children really never know their parents. There is so much more to a life than parenting. The sense of duty and independence on the part of the son were believable and sympatric.
    The ending was hinted at so it wasn't just a surprise out of nowhere. I appreciate a novelist's ability to cause use to say to ourselves, "I should have seen that coming!"
    I have wondered how plausible the ending scene with the father and son really was, given the lack of emotional expression within their culture. After reflection I have decided that it was plausible, but it makes me want to know about their life after the end of the novel. Highest praise for a novel is when I keep thinking about it after I have finished reading it
  • Rosemary T. (San Antonio, TX)
    If I had to describe this book in one word it would be haunting. A story of a family caught between cultures, it is both informative and heartbreaking. The storyline illustrates so profoundly that money and success is meaningless without love. Only through an act of violence is this family able to examine their lives and start to take steps toward correcting and healing. A great read by author Jung Yun.
  • Marlene B. (Mequon, WI)
    A longing for Shelter
    This book was not just a very good book; it was outstanding. I was hooked from the very first sentence and could barely stop until I read the last heart wrenching line. This was a story of parents and children, of Korean immigrants struggling to fit into American communities, trying to meld their cultural traditions with those of their new communities.

    It asks: how do we love our children so they believe in themselves and their own worth? How do we communicate our innermost thoughts and feelings to our family members and those we love? How do we prevent frustrations from bubbling over into violence against our families?

    Jung Yun draws us into the behind the scenes of a nuclear family, their broader families, the next generation. Here, the wounds of the fathers and mothers are transferred to the children. She presents the pain of a disappointing son so vividly that the reader aches for him; the pain of a wife not allowed to express herself or develop her abilities with the support of her husband.

    I loved this book--it carried profound truths about family, marriage, friendship. I look forward to anything this author pens.

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