Susan Choi is the author of the novels My Education, A Person of Interest, American Woman, and The Foreign Student. 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. With David Remnick, she co-edited Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. She's received NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships. She lives in Brooklyn.
AN INDIE NEXT PICK FOR APRIL"Superb, powerful . . . Choi's
themes--among them the long reverberations of adolescent
experience, the complexities of consent and coercion, and the
inherent unreliability of narratives--are timeless and resonant.
Fiercely intelligent, impeccably written, and observed with searing
insight, this novel is destined to be a classic."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "What begins as the story of obsessive first love between drama students at a competitive performing arts high school in the early 1980s twists into something much darker in Choi's singular new novel . . . an effective interrogation of memory, the impossible gulf between accuracy and the stories we tell. . . . 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)"[Choi's] finest novel. . . . Trust Exercise should immediately put readers on alert . . . exposing tenuous connections between fiction, truth, lies, and, of course, people. Literary deception rarely reads this well."
--Booklist (starred review)"Compulsively readable and formally brilliant: this is basically a literary unicorn."
--Lit Hub"Choi's newest mind-bender of a novel . . . spins out in entirely unexpected directions"
--Vulture"Fans of experimental plot structure will find much to love in [this] spellbinding new novel."
--Elle"[A] remarkable novel with a narrative twist that will knock you out."
--Bustle"This twisty novel . . . seems a straightforward enough story--until the roller-coaster second half makes you doubt everything that came before."
--Marie Claire"Through Choi's inventive storytelling, [the romance between two high school students] and its aftermath acts as the nexus in a sprawling story of adolescence, loyalty, truth, and fiction."
--Buzzfeed"What a wickedly clever, formally inventive book Trust Exercise is. I was blown away by Susan Choi's literary vision, not to mention her sensitivity and wit."
--Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author of All Grown Up and The Middlesteins"As soon as I finished . . . [I was] desperate to talk about the novel with anyone else who'd read it. A startling, perplexing, fascinating book by a writer I've long been--and will always be--eager to read."
--R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries"Packed with the kind of shrewd psychological insights that make you sit up straighter, Trust Exercise is a frequently brilliant novel that draws you in slowly and carefully and then becomes increasingly hard to put down. I don't want to give too much away, so all I'll say is that the book is full of twists that are thrilling without being manipulative or melodramatic. I am sure I am far from the only one who had to put aside everything else while I raced to the end."
--Adelle Waldman, nationally bestselling author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P."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 of Mrs. Fletcher, The Leftovers, Little Children, and Election"An ingenious, morally complex exploration of how our youthful entanglements, cruelties, and traumas shape the rest of our lives. Choi's writing is dazzling in its control and precision; this witty, sharp, unsettling novel grabs you and won't let you go."
--Dana Spiotta, National Book Award-nominated author of Eat the Document and Innocents and Others"I can't remember the last time I had such a visceral reaction to a book, or was so dazzled by a writer's inventiveness with structure. Susan Choi is a master and Trust Exercise should be on every human's reading list. A perfect knockout, with profound things to say about art-making, adolescence, and consent."
--Julie Buntin, author of Marlena"This novel is a work of genius and should be a future classic. It has the most audacious narrative shift I've read since John Fowles's The Collector. Plus, it includes the phrase 'a virtuoso feeling-state lasagna.'"
--Gabe Habash, author of Stephen Florida