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Your House Will Pay
Your House Will Pay: A Novel | Steph Cha
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A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, following two familiesone Korean-American, one African-Americangrappling with the effects of a decades-old crime In the wake of the police shooting of a black teenager, Los Angeles is as tense as its been since the unrest of the early 1990s. Protests and vigils are being staged all over the city. Its in this dangerous tinderbox that two families must finally confront their pasts. Grace Park lives a sheltered existence: living at home with her Korean-immigrant parents, working at the family pharmacy, and trying her best to understand why her sister Miriam hasnt spoken to their mother in years. The chasm in her family is growing wider by the day and Grace is desperate for reconciliation, and frustrated by the feeling that her sister and parents are shielding her from the true cause of the falling out. Shawn Matthews is dealing with a fractured family of his own. His sister, Ava, was murdered as a teenager back in 1991, and this new shooting is bringing up painful memories. Plus, his cousin Ray is just released from prison and needs to reconnect with their family after so many years away. While Shawn is trying his best to keep his demons at bay, hes not sure Ray can do the same. When another shocking crime hits LA, the Parks and the Matthewses collide in ways they never could have expected. After decades of loss, violence, and injustice, tensions come to a head and force a reckoning that could clear the air or lead to more violence.
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Godpants
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Just started this one this morning and am already hooked.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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This book takes place in 2019 but flashes back to the times around the notorious LA Riots. Due to that, I expected this to be another great book that focused on race relations, but it's really so much more than that. It's about family, understanding, consequences & putting yourself in other people's shoes. Everything isn't black or white, hate or love. You need to learn to keep going, to forgive, and & to enjoy the peace & quiet when you have it.

Nute I passed this up in the bookstore last week, but it‘s been on my mind ever since. I‘m going back to the bookstore just for this book! 4d
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Your House Will Pay is a thoughtful exploration of the impact and reverberations of violence on two families, one Korean, one Black, in current and 1990s LA. It‘s well structured and keeps its focus small while exploring the nuances of race in our society. It‘s a bit emotionally tough but really good.

Cinfhen I read this as an ARC, but it felt to YA for me. It wasn‘t a pick for me 1w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Really? I didn‘t get YA at all. This one may be better on audio. Grace and Shawn are voiced by different readers and it works well. 1w
Cinfhen Funny / we seem out of sync but I‘m glad that it‘s still cool to share our opinions without being vilified ❣️ 1w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen It‘s that ven diagram thing again. We overlap, just not on everything. And we got through that Ruth Ware hiccup! 😂 (I still love her books.) 1w
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Christine
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I inhaled this one. Such a probing yet compassionate tale of what it might have been like to live in racially divided early 90s LA. I loved how the story was located in the past and present-day struggles and triumphs of two families - one Black, one Korean. Excellent on audio - one narrator per family, and both were wonderful.

Reggie Sounds fantastic!! 4w
Christine @Reggie Yes! I liked it more than expected, even. 4w
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Ilykramer
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https://bookmarks.reviews/five-great-american-social-crime-novels/ I sensed synergy with Southland—one of my faves, and am so stoked for Steph Cha‘s new book!

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Liberty
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NEW BOOK DAY!🎉 Here are some of today‘s new books, including THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE by Amy Sarig King, with a main character named after yours truly! ❤️ There are so many more out today that I am excited about but don‘t have physical copies, so I‘ve added photo collages of their covers. SO MANY GOOD BOOKS. What are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

Graciouswarriorprincess Wild game, Christmas shopaholic, olive again 1mo
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Cinfhen
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#SoaringScores #TimeBombTown #NetGalley #ARC Book releases October 15, 2019. A timely look at race relations. Told in the past (Los Angeles 1991/1992 ) and the present day. Based loosely around the shooting of Latasha Harlan‘s, an African American shot in the head by a Korean store owner who thought her life was in danger and the ensuing LA Race Riots. This book had wonderful potential but it was too YA in it‘s writing & storytelling for me.

CrowCAH Perfect timing ⏰ 1mo
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Cinfhen
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I have 10 days before this #ARC is published!! #NetGalley #WeekendReads #YourHouseWillPay #HarperCollinsPublishers

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BookAlongBlog
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5/5🌟 Out October 15th!
This is sooo good!!! Steph Cha has managed to write a story surrounding a particular dark and violet moment in Los Angeles's history with such precision and magnetism! Her storytelling skills are strong! She created this believable story full of generational violence, racial injustice and politics with characters that felt so authentic. This will stick with me for a while. #bookreview #bookstagram

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Matilda
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😂😂

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Matilda
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When you bring all the books to the pool.

Cinfhen Makes sense 😊 2mo
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