Trust

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What to expect

‘EXHILARATING New York Times
‘SUBLIME’ Roxane Gay
‘DAZZLING’ Vogue
‘GENIUS’ – Lauren Groff
*A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 Vulture, AV Club, Lithub, Oprah Daily, Goodreads

A literary puzzle about money, power, and intimacy, Trust is a novel that challenges the myths shrouding wealth, and the fictions that often pass for history.

Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune?

This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1938 novel that all of New York seems to have read. But there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.

Hernan Diaz’s Trust elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with each other—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans an entire century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.

Provocative and propulsive, Trust engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of relationships, the reality-warping gravitational pull of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate the truth.

Critics Review

  • Diaz is a narrative genius whose work easily encompasses both a grand scope and the crisp and whiplike line. Trust builds its world and characters with subtle aplomb. What a radiant, profound and moving novel

    Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
  • Intricate, cunning and consistently surprising . . . Diaz has the whole literary past at his fingertips . . . [an] exhilarating and intelligent novel

    New York Times Book Review
  • A sublime, richly layered novel. A story within a story within a story.

    Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist
  • Trust glints with wonder and knowledge and mystery. Its plotlines are as etched and surreal as Art Deco geometry, while inside that architecture are people who feel appallingly real. This novel is very classical and very original: Balzac would be proud, but so would Borges.

    Rachel Kushner, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Mars Room
  • A rip-roaring, razor-sharp dissection of capitalism, class, greed, and the meaning of money itself that also manages to be a dazzling feat of storytelling on its own terms . . . Uniquely brilliant . . . exhilarating . . . a novel for the ages.

    Vogue
  • Immaculate. TRUST is a work of assured virtuosity, lightly-worn wisdom, and immense impact.

    Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mercies

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