Winner of the National Book Award 2019
WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD'Will leave you shaken to your very core' CosmopolitanNAMED A BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York Times, Economist, BBC Radio 4's Open Book, Time Magazine, Elle Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Marie Claire, Kirkus Reviews, Washington Post , Chicago Tribune, Book Riot, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Slate and New Yorker.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 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 adulthood's mysterious structures of sex and power.
Susan Choi is the author of five novels and was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award in 2010. She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She teaches at Yale and lives with her family in Brooklyn.