Book titles and dates for 2017
May 10 Shelter by Jung Yun
Kyung Cho is 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 debts and 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 desires for his wife and son. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes and he’s compelled to take them in. Shelter leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope.
June 14 Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
This captivating debut novel follows -- over the course of four seasons -- a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts -- a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life -- find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them and falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap. As a result, the unlikely duo must take to the road. This is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see; it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves.