Hello and welcome back to You Wrote the Book, and occasional podcast with Simon Savidge where he is joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader.
This episode Simon’s special guest for this episode is the author Jung Yun, whose debut novel Shelter is a slice of suburban noir which once you start reading is incredibly hard to put down.
You never know what goes on behind closed doors. Kyung Cho owns a house that he can’t afford. Despite his promising career as a tenure-track professor, he and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. Now their 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 neighbourhood. Growing up, they gave Kyung every possible advantage – expensive hobbies, private tutors – 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 decides to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves under the same roof where tensions quickly mount and old resentments rise to the surface.
Simon had the pleasure of interviewing Jung earlier this month Shelter and started off by asking her where the idea for the novel first sparked…
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