Out on 17 March 2022

The Exhibitionist

Charlotte Mendelson

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17 March 2022
336 pages

'The multi-award winning Charlotte Mendelson is famous for whipping up the hottest, messiest, family dramas as a writer of literary fiction can . . . Irresistible' The Times

'A devastating treat of a novel: funny, furious, dark and delicious' Sarah Waters

The longer the marriage, the harder truth becomes . . .

Meet the Hanrahan family, gathering for a momentous weekend as famous artist and notorious egoist Ray Hanrahan prepares for a new exhibition of his art – the first in many decades – and one he is sure will burnish his reputation for good.

His three children will be there: beautiful Leah, always her father’s biggest champion; sensitive Patrick, who has finally decided to strike out on his own; and insecure Jess, the youngest, who has her own momentous decision to make . . .

And what of Lucia, Ray’s steadfast and selfless wife? She is an artist, too, but has always had to put her roles as wife and mother first. What will happen if she decides to change? For Lucia is hiding secrets of her own, and as the weekend unfolds and the exhibition approaches, she must finally make a choice.

The Exhibitionist is the extraordinary fifth novel from Charlotte Mendelson, a dazzling exploration of art, sacrifice, toxic family politics, queer desire, and personal freedom.

'Delicious, heartbreaking . . . Fabulously written and utterly compelling' - Marian Keyes

In The Exhibitionist Mendelson brings a forensic eye to family dynamics, laying bare the agonies of rage, frustration and longing that lie just beneath the surface of domestic life. The result is a devastating treat of a novel: funny, furious, dark and delicious

Sarah Waters, bestselling author of Fingersmith

A delicious, heartbreaking family snapshot about thwarted ambition, misplaced loyalty and good and bad love. Secrets abound. Fabulously written and utterly compelling

Marian Keyes, bestselling author of Grown-Ups

A truly wonderful novel, and a funny and wise one, too; the individual components sparkle, the whole movement beguiles

Sunjeev Sahota, author of 2021 Man Booker-longlisted The China Room