"I've never read a book quite like this one. Told in four distinct sections in four separate voices, Diaz tackles important and prescient questions about power, intimacy, the mythology of money and finance, the stories we tell ourselves and at what cost. The prose is that of a true craftsman. Nothing is out of place. Every word, every punctuation mark, every space on the page matters. Both a cautionary tale for our times and an intricate literary puzzle, Trust is a masterpiece. As a writer myself, it's a relief to know there are writers as ambitious and fearless as Diaz to look up to and learn from. This one is definitely going on my list for best books of the year."
An unparalleled novel about money, power, intimacy, and perception
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 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.
Hernan Diaz’s TRUST elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.
At once an immersive story and a brilliant literary puzzle, TRUST engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of personal relationships, the reality-warping force of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate facts.