Faber will publish book reviewer Steph Cha's debut novel about the intertwined fates of two families in January 2020.
Editorial director Angus Cargill acquired UK & Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to Your House Will Pay from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, on behalf of Massie & McQuilkin.
"Grace Park and Shawn Matthews share a city, Los Angeles, but seemingly little else, coming from different generations and very different communities. As Grace battles with confusion over her elder sister’s estrangement from her Korean-immigrant parents, Shawn tries to help his cousin, Ray, readjust to civilian life after years spent in prison," the synopsis reads. "But what is it in their past that links these two families? As the city around them threatens to erupt into violence, echoing the worst days of the early 1990s, the lives of Grace and Shawn are set to collide in ways that will change them all for ever."
Cha is a contributing book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and a regular panelist at crime and literary festivals.
Cargill said: "I bought this novel on a partial some years ago, absolutely bowled over by the force and freshness of Steph's writing and characterisation, and longing to know how things would play out for her two families, the Parks and the Matthews. The full manuscript she went on to deliver is extraordinary – a serious, socially conscious novel which is also a total page-turner. It's been one of the most popular books in-house for a very long time, and it's exciting to see the word now building out of house ahead of its publication. I think with this, her UK debut, Steph will land as a major voice in contemporary fiction."