Paul's Corner: Shelter by Jung Yun

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Shelter by Jung Yun
Jung Yun was born in Korea and grew up in North Dakota and went to Vassar.  Her first novel is poignant and loving and filled with the sorrows of not having been loved as a child.  Shelter itself the house/home, the goal of every successful American.  Kyung is losing his home to the housing crisis, and is too embarrassed to ask his wealthy, distant parents for financial help.  As the distance between generations increases, Kyung’s parents’ lives are compromised by and ugly home invasion which forces the family uncomfortably closer.  I haven’t read such a powerful immigrant narrative in years.  It is a sad book with a hopeful ending, rare these days.  It will remind you of House of Sand and Fog.  I like it more.