Alta Asks Live: Steph Cha

Steph Cha joins author and Alta contributor Oscar Villalon for a discussion on Your House Will Pay, what it's like to write a 1990s period piece, and the diversity of Los Angeles literature.

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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other accolades and glowing reviews (including Alta’s), Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay is an extraordinary and suspenseful tale that has riveted readers and transformed Cha into a literary star. She joins author and Alta contributor Oscar Villalon for a discussion about her work, upcoming projects, and more.

Buy the book: Your House Will Pay

Read Alta Asks: Talking with Steph Cha and her short story from our Fall 2020 issue, “The Plagues

Read Villalon’s review of Your House Will Pay for Alta

About the author

Steph Cha is the author of the novels Your House Will Pay, Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Trop magazine, and an upcoming issue of Alta. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, she lives in her native city of Los Angeles.

About the book

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 Los Angeles, both the Park and Matthews families are forced to face down their history while navigating the tumult of a city on the brink of more violence.

About the moderator

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His writing has appeared in Freeman’s, Literary Hub, the Believer, Alta, Zócalo Public Square, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco.

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