“Vivid and captivating…a glorious novel of empire and destruction, husbands and wives, staggering wealth and untold suffering…a delightful read.” – Oprah Daily
A genre-bending, time-jumping tale of New York City’s elite during the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. – Vanity Fair
“A fascinating tale of class, capitalism and greed.” – Gentleman
Exciting. “–“New York Times”
An unparalleled novel about money, power, intimacy and perception
Even in the 1920s, everyone in New York had heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He’s a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she’s the daughter of an eccentric aristocrat. Together, they’ve reached the top of a seemingly endless world of wealth — all as a decade of abundance and speculation draws to a close. But at what cost did they acquire their enormous wealth? That’s the mystery at the heart of Bonds, the 1937 best-selling novel that seems to be read all over New York. But there are other versions of this story of privilege and deception.
Hernan Diaz’s TRUST elegantly brings these competing narratives into dialogue with each other—and creates tension with the perspective of a woman who struggles to separate fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans a century, becoming more exciting with each new revelation.
TRUST is simultaneously a compelling story and a brilliant literary mystery, pitting readers in their quest for truth while confronting the fallacies that often lie at the heart of human relationships, the reality-distorting power of capital, and the ease with which it can manipulate facts.
About the author
Hernan Diaz is the author of two novels that have been translated into over twenty languages. His first novel, Far Away, was a Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Prize finalist. He has also written a collection of essays, and his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Playboy, Yale Review, McSweeney, and elsewhere. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, the William Saroyan International Writing Award, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Kullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Praise for trust
“Intricate, cunning, constantly surprising… Much of the joy of this novel comes from its unpredictability… Adding Henry James to Wharton, Thomas Mann… exhilarating and intellectual Fiction.” – The New York Times
“A powerful, poignant analysis of the meaning of capitalism, class, greed, and money itself is also a dizzying feat of storytelling in its own way…important and timely. But Diaz tells the story. Uniquely brilliant, well-researched, and exciting with a narrative that makes it a novel, not just for the present, but for eternity.” – Vogue
“[A] riveting tale of class, capitalism and greed. The result is a captivating hyperfiction alchemy that goes beyond.” – Esquire
“A living and engaging masterpiece…a glorious novel about empire and destruction, husbands and wives, staggering wealth and untold misery…and above all, ‘Trust’ is a work of literature, full of puns and elegant prose, it’s a delight to read.” –Oprah Daily
“A remarkably accessible treatise on the power of fiction. Admittedly, this clever and complex novel not only reflects the truth but helps us understand it better.” – Boston Globe
Brilliant…challenging traditional storylines on another of America’s most beloved themes: capitalism and the accumulation of vast wealth…Diaz uses his imaginative constructs to offer a captivating take on the hidden roles played by submissive women opinion. –Minneapolis Star Tribune
The world of trust is very close to how we feel… This book reminds us that wealth is not a treasure trove, and the rich are not magic, no matter how dramatically they shape the world. It’s all just money, made by real people, with very real, and often dangerous, effects. – Vanity Fair
“Rich and angular…” – Wall Street Journal
“An absolutely brilliant novel…a sly novel ass — docile but prickly, a different beast from every angle…so well-structured and so perfectly written.” – Los Angeles Times
“Trust Diaz is a brilliant writer. The book is a kaleidoscope of dazzling dazzling literary enigma and a shot at capitalism through the ages. Don’t miss it.” —Chicago Review of Books
A multifaceted saga of class, wealth, and myth that should resonate with readers who question capitalism today. “—Philadelphia Inquirer
“A novel with layers…each page reveals another secret, and it’s very engaging to read.” – Buzz
“Like a tower of gifts waiting to be opened, Trust offers numerous rewards for you to discover and taste…[a] beautiful masterpiece.” – BookPage, starred review
“Despite its elegant complexity and brilliant structure, Diaz’s novel is a compulsive read, and despite being set in the early 1900s, the plot reads like an indictment of the dawn of the 21st century, obsessed with obscurity Known Financial Instruments and Wrong Capital A fascinating masterpiece that astounds readers with its formal invention and contemporary relevance. –Booklist, STARRED Review
“[A] kaleidoscope of capitalism’s rampage in the early 20th century…historically grounded, ambitious, and successful in every way. Once again, Diaz made the most of his impressive gift.” — — Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
“A masterpiece of literary drama, [it] skillfully weaves its multiple perspectives to create a symphony of emotional effect…[T]he collects exciting experiences…a book about high finance A clever and touching high-concept novel.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review
“Hernan Diaz is a narrative genius whose work blends easily into large-scale compositions and with crisp whip-like lines. Trust builds his world and characters with subtle composure. How radiant, profound and moving Fiction.” —Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author of The Matrix
“Diaz deeply understands how strange money is as an omnipotent and imagined substance that controls our lives. Confidence shines with wonder, knowledge and mystery. Its storyline is as sculptural and surreal as Art Deco geometry, And architecture is the real home that feels creepy. The novel is so classic, so original: Balzac would be proud, and Borges would be proud.” – Rachel Kushner, New York Times bestselling author of “The Mars Room”
“This rare book – an amazing story set against a beautifully written backdrop. Amid all the hustle and bustle of the world, I found myself curled up on the couch for days, lost in Diaz’s In the light.” —Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner and author of Red on the Bone
“Although set in historic New York, The Trust addresses issues that remain the most pressing today. Money, power, class, marriage and filial piety, the role of trust and betrayal in human affairs – Diaz on his choice The development of the themes is profoundly revelatory. Well-structured, full of surprises, this magnificent novel packs serious thought and serious joy into every beautiful page.” – Sigrid Nunez, Friends National Book Award Award-winning author
“Noble and complex fiction. Story within story within story. Elegantly written.” – Roxane Gay, bestselling author of “The Difficult Woman””The boldness and breadth of Hernand Diaz’s extraordinary novels—prism, mystery, revelation—matches perfectly the quality of its prose.” –Jean Strauss, author of Morgan: The American Financier
How delightful to read, gripping every moment, the work of a rare and impressive genius. Diaz once again shatters an American myth and reflects on how we lie to ourselves. “—Joan Silber, author of National Book Critics Association Award-Winning Improvements