Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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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 unnoticed́ђؤor untoyed with́ђؤby 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 wallśђؤuntil 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 truéђؤthough it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into placéђؤrevealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019
ISBN: 9781250309891
1250309891
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Erin W./Want to Read: "Choi's latest is supposed to be fluid, inventive, mind-bending, and clever--and if it's anything like her previous novels, I'm on board. 'Trust Exercise' crafts its narrative around 1980s students in a prestigious performing arts school, following their relationships a... Read More »


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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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