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Hernan Diaz is the author of two novels, translated into thirty four languages. Some of the awards for these two books include: finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner award; winner of the Saroyan International Prize; the Cabell Award; the Prix Page America; and the New American Voices Award; winner of the Kirkus Prize; longlisted for the Booker Prize.

Trust was listed as best book of the year by over thirty publications and named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Time magazine, and it was one of The New Yorker’s 12 Essential Reads of the Year. One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2022, Trust is currently being developed as a limited series for HBO. Hernan’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications.

Hernan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Ingmar Bergman Estate.

He holds a PhD from NYU, edits an academic journal at Columbia University, and is also the author of Borges, between History and Eternity.

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Trust by Hernan Diaz

Starting off in the New York of the roaring twenties, this novel is intricate, cunning, and surprising. By definition, trust is both a moral quality and a financial arrangement. The reader of this captivating novel finds herself reflecting on both aspects of trust while reading …can we trust this tale? The narrator? The story line is largely one of the characters’ inner lives and the human costs of wealth. Money causes dissonance in the story line, due to the conflict between money as a taboo and also as a force that shapes lives. Different narrators and styles are purposefully put together to create the whole of this book, with the arc of the story line progressing through time and writing styles. Unpredictability is built into the structure and the story line which makes this novel fascinating and difficult to put down.

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