Posted on February 2, 2020 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Susan Choi knew her latest novel, Trust Exercise, had made a splash — after all, it won the National Book Award for fiction last year.

But, as she told the Guardian, she wasn’t surprised for how personally it would resonate with so many readers.

Then again, while the first draft had been written before some of the biggest scandals in the #MeToo movement made headlines, its publication lined up neatly with a broader conversation about consent and power.

(So you can understand why, when readers tell Choi that they recognized themselves in the tale, that she’s tempted to respond with sympathy rather than elation.)

Read more from her conversation with the Guardian about how various elements of her novel are linked with key cultural movements. 

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