Hernan Diaz presents Trust: A Novel

“Hernan Diaz is a narrative genius . . . What a radiant, profound, and moving novel.” —Lauren Groff


Third Place Books is honored to welcome Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernan Diaz for a discussion of his new novel, Trust—a new favorite amongst booksellers from the author of In The Distance (Coffee House Press). Rosa Hernandez, Social Media Manager at Third Place Books, calls this Borgesian new novel "a propulsive read that's a little bit of Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, and hints of Succession the TV show." This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Trust and In the Distance will be available for purchase at the venue. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Trust. . .

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.


Praise for Trust. . .

“[A] kaleidoscope of capitalism run amok in the early 20th century…Grounded in history and formally ambitious, this succeeds on all fronts. Once again, Diaz makes the most of his formidable gifts.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A virtuoso performance by an emerging talent… A spellbinding tale that illuminates the impact of money on all our lives.“
Oprah Daily

“That rare jewel of a book—jaw-dropping storytelling against the backdrop of beautiful writing. Amidst all the noise I the world, whole days found me curled up on the couch, lost inside Diaz’s brilliance.”
—Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone

“Though set in a historical New York, Trust speaks to matters of the most urgent significance to the present day. Money, power, class, marital and filial relations, the roles played by trust and betrayal in human affairs—Diaz’s development of his chosen themes is deeply insightful. Cleverly constructed and rich in surprises, this splendid novel offers serious ideas and serious pleasures on every beautifully composed page.”
—Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend

“If you know Hernan Diaz, you know you're about to read something incredible. A propulsive read that's a little bit of Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, and even hints of Succession the TV show. Trust does not disappoint!”
—Rosa Hernandez, Social Media Manager at Third Place Books

"One of my favorite reading experiences is barreling halfway through a novel, only to realize it's too late: I'm neck deep. Nothing is as it seems. I thought I knew this story, but I was wrong. In Trust, Hernan Diaz bakes narratives into his narratives. . . an author with ultimate vision . . . How does he do it? Part trick, part puzzle, part high stakes finance, part New York, and a lot of Borges."
—Spencer Ruchti, Author Events Manager at Third Place Books

Hernan Diaz’s first novel, In the Distance, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is also the author of a book of essays, and his fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, GrantaPlayboyMcSweeney’s, and elsewhere. A recipient of a Whiting Award and the William Saroyan International Prize, he has been a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His second novel, Trust, is being translated into more than twenty languages. (Photo credit: Pascal Perich)

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