Your House Will Pay (Paperback)
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Take the powder keg of race relations from the 90s through now, settle it into the distinct geography and humanity of LA, and infuse it into two families affected by the fear and anger that's impossible to avoid, and you have Your House Will Pay. Grace works hard at her family's pharmacy and doesn't understand why her sister is estranged, but when violence strikes, long buried secrets are revealed and Grace must try to piece together who she really is. Shawn's family, broken by his sister's murder and the murderer's lack of punishment, have each dealt with the tragedy in their own ways, but when they are again drawn into the country's racial fault lines, the epicenter shifts, and Shawn is forced to reexamine his choices. Brilliant and as tense as the relationships it explores, this book should be read and discussed by any who want to understand the human tragedies of our volatile race relations.— Linda
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE
" A] suspense-filled page-turner." --Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer
A touching portrait of two families bound together by a split-second decision." --Attica Locke, Edgar-Award winning author of Bluebird, Bluebird
A Best Book of the Year
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A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in Los Angeles, following two families--one Korean-American, one African-American--grappling 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 it's been since the unrest of the early 1990s. But Grace Park and Shawn Matthews have their own problems. Grace is sheltered and largely oblivious, living in the Valley with her Korean-immigrant parents, working long hours at the family pharmacy. She's distraught that her sister hasn't spoken to their mother in two years, for reasons beyond Grace's understanding. Shawn has already had enough of politics and protest after an act of violence shattered his family years ago. He just wants to be left alone to enjoy his quiet life in Palmdale.
But when another shocking crime hits LA, both the Park and Matthews families are forced to face down their history while navigating the tumult of a city on the brink of more violence.