Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"Enlists your heart as well as your mind. . . . Packed with wild moments of grace and fear and abandon."—The New York Times"Perhaps the best [novel] this year."—New York Magazine"Intelligent and layered. . . . Dramatic and memorable."—The New YorkerIn an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving "Brotherhood of the Arts," two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school's walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence. As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.
Publisher: 2019
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2019. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1436 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
ISBN: 9781250309891

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sloopie72
Nov 12, 2019

rec by npr and the millions - hs novel, short, twists and turns, question narrative reliability. consider my education as well, set in grad schol

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laphampeak
Aug 10, 2019

The characters that included art school students from various backgrounds and their mentor/teacher make for a story that went deep at times but the psychic twists and turns just didn't weave enough substance to stand on. Parts would grab me just to be dropped into someone or something else. Parts were incredible and much left me scratching my head.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 06, 2019

"Remember the impossible eventfulness of time, transformation and emotion packed like gunpowder into the barrel. Remember the dilation and diffusion, the years within days. Theirs were endless; lives flowered and died between waking and noon."
While I like novels that use an unorthodox structure and play with narrative and point of view, Susan Choi's approach can be jarring. I won't spoil anything, but the novel does end up in a very different place than it began, with mixed results. She has a strong, distinctive voice, even if she has a tendency to overwrite. It begins in an exclusive, arts-focused school and she captures the tensions and fragile egos of teenagers involved in drama (pun intended) with lyricism and wit. I'm still not sure what I think about the ending though but confusion is not always a bad thing in literature.

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KatG1983
May 27, 2019

I am conflicted on how I feel about Trust Exercise. The first half of the book I quite enjoyed, and then a time shift occurs that changes the perspective on the story entirely, as well as narrators. Just as I was becoming accustomed to the shift, a second time shift occurs that further makes us question the reliability (or, ironically, the trustworthiness) of the narrators. The ending left me cold, and confused. Certain events that happen seem to come out of nowhere, and never get resolved. Decent book, but hated the ending.

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blcwrites
May 11, 2019

Maybe because there is so much political and cultural deception these days, reading literary deception - however acclaimed to be brilliant - was tiring. I'm sure it's just me but only because of the reviews did I struggle for as long as I did. Yes - adolesence is portrayed beautifully and creepy teachers as well. Yes - Choi is a gifted writer. Yes - this is how we evidently "do" novels these days. Count me out on this one.

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sandixrose
Apr 22, 2019

What a slog and for no plot payoff. I enjoy books that play with timelines and perceptions but this was confusing, for no reason, though it keeps you just enough interested to see how it plays out as it does seem as it is driving to something, but then it doesn’t. There are messages here about being a girl in high school and the after effects that linger as well as sexual abuse, but I couldn’t discern them enough to thoughtfully discuss.

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finleyrc
Apr 15, 2019

economist review april 2019

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