Steph Cha - Your House Will Pay (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Over a span of two weeks in the spring of 1991, racial tensions in Los Angeles hit a frenzied high. On March 3, Rodney King was brutally beaten by four white LAPD officers, and two weeks later, on March 16, Latasha Harlins was murdered by a Korean convenience store owner. These inciting incidents would lead to massive civil unrest, when the woman who killed Harlins was sentenced to probation and a small fine, and a few months later the officers who beat King were acquitted, sparking six days of riot and rebellion in the spring of 1992. Steph Cha was a child at the time, unaware of these events and their implications, even growing up in Los Angeles’ tight-knit Korean-American community. But as an adult, she saw how the events of the early ‘90s shaped her city, and how their impact reached the present day. After years of grappling with how crime, violence, and injustice permeate communities and families, Cha wrote an incredibly tense, powerful novel, inspired by this underexamined period of Los Angeles history.
Your House Will Pay is a stunning novel that tackles head-on the major themes of racial tension, police violence, social movements, and cultural identity, from the perspective of a Los Angeles native.This novel marks a bold new direction for Steph Cha, further establishing her as one of the strongest voices in the next generation of both crime and literary writers – compelled by the notion that crime is a fundamental part of life and exploring what that means for the individual as well as society at large.

Steph Cha, author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy, is now the Noir Editor at The Los Angeles Review of Books and a contributing book reviewer for The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.

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ISBN: 9780062868855
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Published: Ecco - October 15th, 2019

“[A] suspense-filled page-turner.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer

"A touching portrait of two families bound together by a split-second decision.” —Attica Locke, Edgar-Award winning author of Bluebird, Bluebird