Grace Park and Shawn Mathews share a city – Los Angeles – but seemingly little else. Coming from different generations and very different communities, their paths wouldn’t normally cross at all. As Grace battles confusion over her elder sister’s estrangement from their Korean-immigrant parents, Shawn tries to help his cousin Ray readjust to city life after years spent in prison.
But something in their past links these two families. As the city around them threatens to erupt into violence, echoing the worst days of the early 1990s, the lives of Grace and Shawn are set to collide in ways which will change them all forever.
Your House Will Pay has a lot of things to say and every one of those things is insightful, thought provoking and highly real.
I devoured this one in short order- two families, one tragedy that links them in ways that will erupt and affect – you fall into their lives and barely look up. Steph Cha has such a wonderful tone and rhythm to her prose that immerses you into the world she is showing you, you root for this group of eclectic diverse characters all the way, mourning with them and living through it with them first page to last.
Absolutely stunning. Bound to be one of my top reads of the year.