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Shelter follows Kyung Cho—a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have 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 neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung wants so badly for his wife and son. His own childhood, however, was far from comfortable. As a child, he had every possible privilege—expensive hobbies, private tutors—but his parents never showed him kindness. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. When a violent act leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and he takes them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof. Tensions quickly mount as Kyung's proximity to his parents forces old feelings of guilt and anger to the surface, along with a terrible and persistent question: How can he ever be a good husband, father and son when he never knew affection as a child?
Jung Yun was born in South Korea, grew up in North Dakota, and was educated at Vassar College, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her work has appeared in Tin House; The Best of Tin House: Stories, edited by Dorothy Allison; and The Massachusetts Review; and she is a recipient of an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize and an Artist's Fellowship in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She recently moved to Baltimore with her husband.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm