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Trust Exercise (Digital Audiobook)

By Susan Choi, Suehyla El-Attar (Narrator)

Publication Date: August 12, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/8/2019)
Paperback (5/5/2020)
Hardcover (4/9/2019)
Library Binding, Large Print (8/28/2019)
CD-Audio (4/9/2019)
Paperback, Korean (11/19/2020)

April 2019 Indie Next List

“Set inside the acting program of an elite high school, Choi’s novel seems to consider every major preoccupation of our moment — class, gender, sexuality, race, power, predation, authenticity, ‘genius’ — with language that’s both uproarious and frothing with vital rage. To describe the plot in any detail, though, would reveal too much of Trust Exercise’s inventive, audacious form. Best let this novel sink into your bones with as few spoilers as possible before its final scene seizes your heart. And it will seize your heart. Trust me.”
— Samuel Krowchenko, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
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Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List

“A psychological masterclass. I can think of no better place to dissect how micro actions toward each other suggest macro feelings than a famous arts high school where emotions, power dynamics, and naivete mascarading as bravado are at their peak and ever shifting. Many have said, and I will too, that you have to read this one knowing as little as possible about what to expect. All I’ll say is that it left me with a potent emotion spurred by a slowly revealed truth, not just about the characters but about our world, and Susan Choi is a genius.”
— Molly Moore, BookPeople, Austin, TX
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Both inventive and shocking, Trust Exercise has become a sensation for its timely insights into sex, power and the nature of abuse.

Sarah and David are in love - the obsessive, uncertain love of teenagers on the edge of adulthood. At their performing arts school, the rules are made by their magnetic drama instructor Mr Kingsley, who initiates them into a dangerous game. Two decades on we learn that the real story of these teenagers' lives is even larger and darker than we imagined, and the consequences have lasted a lifetime.

Trust Exercise is a brilliant, unforgettable novel about what we lose, gain and never get over as we're initiated into the mysteries of adulthood.
“Will leave you shaken to your very core” (Cosmopolitan)

“Tense and lovely” (New Yorker)

“Tricksy and beguiling” (Books of the Year Economist)

Unputdownable (Must-Read Books the Year Time Magazine)

“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)

“Powerful, addictive, smart” (Elle Magazine)