The new novel Trust Exercise opens with teenagers attending an elite performing arts high school in the 1980s.
There, the theater kids form heartfelt friendships and relationships, and then sabotage them. Their semi-tyrannical drama teacher both inspires and manipulates them — with his "trust exercises."
Midway through, the book leaps forward in time and perspective. One of the students, Karen, is now an adult, re-thinking her past.