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Trust

Written by: Domenico Starnone,Jhumpa Lahiri - translator
Narrated by: Fabio Tassone,Jeanne Sakata
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Publisher's Summary

Following the international success of Ties and the National Book Award-shortlisted Trick, Domenico Starnone gives listeners another searing portrait of human relationships and human folly.

Pietro and Teresa’s love affair is tempestuous and passionate. After yet another terrible argument, she gets an idea: They should tell each other something they’ve never told another person; something they’re too ashamed to tell anyone. They will hear the other’s confessions without judgment and with love in their hearts. In this way, Teresa thinks, they will remain united forever, more intimately connected than ever.

A few days after sharing their shameful secrets, they break up. Not long after, Pietro meets Nadia, falls in love, and proposes. But the shadow of the secret he confessed to Teresa haunts him, and Teresa herself periodically reappears, standing at the crossroads, it seems, of every major moment in his life. Or is it he who seeks her out?

A master storyteller and a novelist of the highest order, Starnone’s gaze is trained unwaveringly on the fault lines in our public personas and the complexities of our private selves. Trust asks how much we are willing to bend to show the world our best side, knowing full well that when we are at our most vulnerable we are also at our most dangerous.

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Critic Reviews

"Richly nuanced while also understated, Starnone’s latest appearance in English is a novel to be savored.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“A sweeping examination of aging, love, and success.... This is the third of Starnone’s novels that Lahiri has translated over the last six years, and her deft hand seamlessly reveals Starnone’s masterful narrative at every turn.” (Booklist)

“Acclaimed Italian novelist and National Book Award finalist Starnone’s newest novel explores vulnerability, relationships, and the gulf between our public and private selves.” (The Millions)

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  • Cindy Cooper
  • 24-01-22

Why Bother?

This book came to me highly recommended as a story of Imposter Syndrome. I have a different impression. For me this story was about a white man of privilege who struggled with being a man. The male protagonist character was well developed. By comparison, the female antagonistic character was not well developed. Rather, she was cast as a loud, dramatic, smart but shallow scientist. We dont know how or why she became a scientist. We dont know what she was famous for. But I read into her character a stereotypical overbearing promiscuous cruel scientist who taunted her supposed love interest rather than try to sustain a relationship. The flawed man struggled with his feelings for her his whole life. Why did he bother? Why did she bother?This book would be a great read for a feminist book club.

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  • Alex
  • 06-06-22

Not necessary to put on phoney Italian accents

I loved the book but the reading…
There was no need to put on those phoney Italian accents !

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  • ESS
  • 31-12-21

Good book, bad narrator

Good book but the male narrator is awful and distracts from the story with the terrible accents. Has a real dinner-theatre vibe, alas.