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Your House Will Pay Paperback – 28 July 2020

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  • Publisher : Ecco Press (28 July 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062868845
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062868848
  • Dimensions : 13.49 x 1.83 x 20.32 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 273 ratings

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“ An explosive story of race, identity, and violence.” --Bustle

“[A] gripping thriller set during a racially charged moment in L.A.'s history.” --Refinery 29

“A mastery of form, Cha absolutely nails it. . . . It is absolutely brilliant and it keeps the pages turning.” --Today Show

“A propulsive, well-told, and most important of all, well-researched journey of two families. . . . Cha's writing is memorable and often poetic.” --San Francisco Chronicle

“Elegant, suspenseful.” --The New York Times Book Review

"Intricately structured. . . . A novel rich with incident and social observation." --Wall Street Journal

Bracing.--Entertainment Weekly

“[Cha] understands the messiness of justice and the complexity of human interaction. . . . One of the pleasures of the book is how deftly Cha renders so many layers of Los Angeles society. . . . All of this is related unsentimentally and is refreshingly depicted.”--Alta

“Compelling and risk-taking. . . . That Cha is drawn to contend with voices that don't strictly represent her cultural heritage, while taking head-on one of the most devastating events in Los Angeles history, is admirable as well as ambitious. Cha is a remarkably generous writer.”--Los Angeles Review of Books

“Focusing on the lives of two Los Angelenos, Cha's crime novel steps back from her usual superb P.I. books to go deeper, examining the tensions between the Korean-American and African-American communities.”--Boston Globe

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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 L.A., both the Park and Matthews families are forced to face down their shared history while navigating the tumult of a city on the brink of more violence.

Steph Cha delivers a bravura performance that captures our culture in crystalline detail. Your House Will Pay will be read for years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great LA novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human and moving novel that focuses on the grey areas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex characters. Enjoyable read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2020
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