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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:
“[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
“[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
From the Back Cover
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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The story begins in 1991 when a black girl, Ava Matthews, is shot dead by a Korean shopkeeper. Justice is not served, leaving a legacy of bitterness, waiting its time. In 2019 there is another shooting.
One aspect of the plot is to discover who fired the bullet. The LAPD quickly make their mind up, Black Lives Matter refute them. It falls to Grace and Shawn independently to find the answer. Grace is a Korean pharmacist and dutiful daughter. Shawn is a black removal man, rock of his extended family. Grace is contrasted with her older sister, Miriam, Shawn with his cousin Ray. It is the release of Ray from prison that initiates the fateful cascade. It revives memories of 1991 when Shawn witnessed the killing of Ava – Ava his sister.
The author pulls Grace and Shawn together in a way that neither of them plans or desires. It is to them that falls the burden of knowledge, which is what makes this tragedy. The final scenes are played out in a theatrical setting – sirens scream, flags burn, rocks fly and through the smoke they spy each other.
Cha is more confident in her descriptions of Korean life, unsurprisingly. But the parallels of family meals, religious life and LA living are well managed. Readers will note the different parts of Brother Vincent and Pastor Kwon, for example. It is really in the detail that the author brings this home. In Othello there is a handkerchief, here it is a Dodgers’ cap - worn by Ava when she dies and later in the novel by Grace. MFA courses cannot teach this.
A great LA tragedy.
I had to have a wry smile to the reference to the Central Park Five within the pages of "Your House Will Pay" as before the hype began building for this novel Cha was known to me primarily through the Twitter fallout following the award of Grand Master/Lifetime achievement (I can't remember which) to Linda Fairstein, who before coming to crime/legal fiction was part of the prosecution team against the five. If it informed one thing about her as a novelist, it is that she wouldn't be pulling her punches.
I went into this one relatively cold as I am wont to do with my reading and I'm really not sure how much to say about the plot. What I can say is that it starts out slowly with Cha building up the principal cast and where they are in their lives before pouncing with the crux of the plot that resonates emotionally throughout the rest of the book.
Cha's strength in character writing shines through as despite the events of the novel she doesn't posit anybody as good or bad and she delves into the grey areas of what has happened asking questions not just of the justice system, but of humanity itself.
I'll look to read her earlier books in anticipation of her future work.
A lack of grit and substance pervaded the writing.Apart from Shawn I found the rest of the characters to be unmemorable.