Trust

Trust

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Author: Hernan Diaz

Publisher: Picador

Hardback

Published August 2022

Staff Pick! Ant says…

Hernan Diaz is officially two for two. His first book IN THE DISTANCE published by Daunt Books was a revelation. TRUST sees Diaz write continue a theme of the foundations of America with similar aplomb and originality that sets him apart from his contemporaries. 

TRUST leads the reader through a sequence of mirages made up of various versions of the life of Andrew Bevel, a New York business tycoon who rises to glory in the wake of the 1929 crash. The novel’s genius lies in its gradual revealing of the central protagonist — Bevel’s wife Mildred. Mildred has been forced into the shadows of her own life by her husband’s success, a lot of which actually is her doing. Diaz brings Mildred to the fore and in doing so forces the reader to assess the accounts they’ve been told, and fallen for, throughout the book. TRUST has many guises and demonstrates how storytelling can corrupt as well as reveal the truth in family, business and one’s imagination.