This is going to sound really broad, but I want to know what you guys think about the ways that love appears in the different short stories in “Once the Shore.” I find that love is written into these stories in such a real, raw, natural way, rather than the intense love stories that often appear in literature. There’s love between near strangers, with Jim setting up the breakfast for the widow by the sea and showing her to the cave. There’s love that has progressed and changed over time, with the older couple, Bey and Soni, in the second story. I really appreciated the way that love in “faces to fire” was only addressed towards the end and rarely ever physical, because so often love is repressed and unannounced, in the same way that it appears in this story. I just think that Yoon does such a good job of writing the love of his stories in a way that shows that love to be very realistic and very human. I want to know what you guys think and if there were instances of love in these stories that especially touched you.
the themes of love in “once the shore”