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Author: Susan Choi Narrator: Adina Verson, Suehyla El-Attar, Jennifer Lim Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9781250318824
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Trust Exercise is Pulitzer finalist Susan Choi's multi-part, narrative-upending novel, in which "the long reverberations of adolescent experience, the complexities of consent and coercion, and the inherent unreliability of narratives . . . are timeless and resonant." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

In 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, Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave listeners with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi’s latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • "Trust Exercise is a brilliant and challenging novel, an uncanny evocation of the not-so-distant past that turns into a meditation on the slipperiness of memory and the ethics of storytelling. Susan Choi is a masterful novelist, who understands exactly where we are right now and how we got here.”

    Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Choi’s superb, powerful fifth novel marries exquisite craft with topical urgency…Timeless and resonant.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019
  • A Huffington Post Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019
  • A Bustle Pick of 2019's Most Anticipated Books
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Year
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Highly Anticipated Books of 2019
  • A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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About the Author

Susan Choi is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Trust Exercise, which won the National Book Award. Her work has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction.

About the Narrators

Suehyla El-Attar is an actress and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She dabbled in radio for a bit, working with several well-known stations as a morning news personality and DJ. Eventually, she returned to acting, on stage and in film. She has nurtured both crafts of acting and writing, working with local companies such as Theatre du Reve, Synchronicity Theatre, the Alliance Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company as dramaturge, actress, and playwright on several projects.

Jennifer Lim is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.