Choi, Susan Trust Exercise

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Trust Exercise

 
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'This witty, sharp, unsettling novel grabs you and won't let you go.' Dana Spiotta
NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 by Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Electric Literature, The Millions, PopSugar, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Publisher's Weekly, Lit Hub, Bustle, and The Huffington Post
Sarah and David are in love - the obsessive, uncertain love of teenagers on the edge of adulthood. They have just started their first term at a performing arts school, where the rules are made by their magnetic and manipulative drama instructor Mr Kingsley.
Enclosing his students in a rarefied bubble where performance is everything, Mr Kingsley initiates them into a dangerous game that blurs the boundary between teacher and students. The outside world can't affect them - until the bubble bursts, and the students are left to deal with the fallout.
Two decades on we learn that what we were told about these teenagers' lives is not completely true, but not completely false either. The real story surrounding Sarah, David and their fellow students is larger and darker than we imagined, and the consequences have lasted a lifetime.
Trust Exercise is an enthralling, captivating novel about the treacherous terrain of adolescence, how we define consent, and what we lose, gain and never get over as we navigate our way into adulthood's mysterious structures of sex and power.

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Trust Exercise is Choi's fifth novel, and without a doubt her most ingenious yet. Sure, submitting to it is a "trust exercise" all of its own, but the razzmatazz that awaits is well worth it. (Lucy Scholes FT)

The author uses language brilliantly ... She is an astute, forensic cartographer of human nature; her characters are both sympathetic and appalling. In the end, hers is a tale of missed connection and manipulation - and of willing surrender to the lure and peril of the unknown. (Economist)

Trust Exercise takes the issues raised by #MeToo and shows them as inextricable from more universal questions about taking a major role in someone else's life, while knowing that we're offering only a minor part in return ... There's a kind of gradual Brechtian exposing of workings that allows the story to be simultaneously true and made up: Choi's achievement is to do this while never seeming self-consciously tricksy ... Choi does so with consummate wit, punchiness and feeling, and in the process shows how much we need our female novelists within the sea change of our current moment. (Lara Feigel Guardian)

Powerful, addictive, smart (ELLE)

At a performing-arts school, the passion and estrangement of two teens becomes high drama. Choi captures this awkward, vulnerable stage perfectly - the shifts in peer loyalty, the perilous allure of adults ... The literary mischief enhances Choi's dissection of unreliable narrators, people and memories. Dazzling (Jeffrey Burke Mail on Sunday)

Dense with a dangerous emotional intensity that Choi expertly conveys ... deadly serious in her pursuit of timely, MeToo-era themes including the misuse of power and the effects of abuse. Taut, distinctive and deeply unsettling (Stephanie Cross Daily Mail)

Super smart ... Landing at a time when the sexual ethics of past decades are being scrutinised anew, this is a demanding narrative trip-wired with ambiguity about memory, ownership and storytelling itself (Anthony Cummins Metro)

Choi writes about teenage obsession well, capturing the mayfly life span of young friendships and alliances. She successfully exhorts the reader to remember the expansiveness of adolescence (Sunday Times)

Smart and intellectually compelling (Bookmunch)

An intelligent and layered portrait of a school's legacy ... Trust Exercise makes something dramatic and memorable from the simple elements of a teen movie. (New Yorker)

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An electrifying novel that speaks directly to the #metoo movement

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