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Best of the Best Book Club: “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi

Wednesday, July 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The Coronado Public Library’s Best of the Best Book Club meets regularly on the 4th Wednesday of each month to discuss books that have won major awards. Receive reminder emails about our meeting by registering below. Registration is not required.

For our July meeting, we will discuss the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction winner Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, a 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)

About Trust Exercise:

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 readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

Place the book on hold on the Coronado Public Library catalog or check out the audiobook on the Libby and CloudLibrary apps.

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Best of the Best Book Club: “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi


Wednesday, July 24


11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Coronado Public Library