Shelter shows the cultural differences of Korean Americans. The way they think about family life, community life, and religion is clearly shown. While the author was born in South Korea she was raised in North Dakota by her immigrant parents just as Kyung was. She obviously knows what she is writing about here. The story moved along at a good pace and much of the tension was between how differently Kyung perceived his duties compared to what his parents actually expected of him.
This was a lovely debut novel from Jung Yun and I am looking forward to reading more from her.