Jung Yun’s Shelter is an intense and gripping read. Perhaps I found myself so emotionally invested because like the main character Kyung, I too try to balance living my own life with that of having to care for an aging parent. For Kyung, it’s both his father and mother, who actually aren’t even that old, but are victims of a violent home invasion – one of my biggest fears.
And that’s just the start of the story. From there, events spiral to reveal family secrets as Kyung struggles to come to terms with feelings of guilt, shame, and anger. There is complexity in emotions among these pages, layered with conflict and societal expectations and at times, religion and race. Yun has poured so much into this debut novel, with glowing success.