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Trust: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 29, 2010

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Kate Veitch is a journalist and author who grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Currently, she divides her time between San Francisco and New South Wales, Australia.
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  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296358
  • ASIN: B00403NGEA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,297,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Veitch's second novel will not disappoint readers of her wonderful first novel, Without a Backward Glance. She has the impressive ability to write dialogue so that you feel you're in the same room as her diverse array of characters, who literally jump off the page at the reader. Her nuanced portraits of characters both young and old is wonderful, and the story kept me turning the pages. A contemporary exploration of a woman's struggle to balance her work, family, and creative lives.
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I watched this novel being created, but still I couldn't stop reading it start to finish in its published form. I'm in awe of Kate's ability to write flowing, addictively engaging prose, while delivering subtle and complex insights into every one of her 10 significant characters. She crafts a gripping plot within which each of those characters grows and reveals their separate self in response to a tragedy and its aftermath. Fellers, it's not just for gals either.
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Well, Kate Veitch has side-stepped the ogre-under-the-bridge who assails second time novelists. Not just side-stepped but thumbed her nose.

This is an eminently readable novel for all the right reasons especially the dialogue. But also the spareness of the writing and the writer's patent "love" for her characters.

None of this comes easily but Veitch has submerged the hard work and made it seem effortless.

There are so many books to read and so little time but I suggest you find a quiet patch and try reading Trust in one delicious gulp.
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In Kate Veitch's "Trust," Melbourne native Susanna Greenfield is the insecure wife of handsome architect Gerry Visser. Susanna teaches visual arts and plans to exhibit her work in a local civic arts center. During their twenty years of marriage, Gerry has barely aged, but Susanna sighs disconsolately when she looks in the mirror. Although Gerry is a devoted husband and father, his overbearing manner can be intimidating. Even when they play a doubles match with friends, Gerry chides Susanna for missing tennis shots that he thinks she should have made. He also badgers their son, Seb, to work harder on his tennis game so he can excel in competitions.

Almost everyone in this novel has issues: Gerry is anxious to land some big accounts in order to keep his firm financially solvent; Susanna's mother, Jean, who is seventy-three, regrets having favored Susanna over her daughter, Angie, a former drug addict who has become a religious fundamentalist. Angie's eight-year-old son, Finn, is a poor student who is criticized by his teachers and teased by his classmates. Finn's sole champion is Susanna's fifteen-year-old daughter, Stella-Jean, an artist and a budding entrepreneur who creates and sells stylish clothing. Finally, Stella-Jean's seventeen-year-old brother, Seb, has agonizing personal problems that he dares not discuss with his parents.

Veitch uses symbolism effectively. Although Gerry is an architect, his family's house is desperately in need of renovation. Yet he neglects to take care of this important task, always putting it off until another day. His procrastination is indicative of his priorities; taking care of business at home is not high on his to-do list.
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College art teacher Susanna Greenfield is the poster person for sandwich meat. She is the peacemaker between her mother Jean and her born-again sister Angie; she is the peacemaker between her spouse Gerry the architect and their teenage children. Lately as she tries to recreate her art career, she is tired of being caught in the middle with the demands of her loved ones ignoring her needs whether they expect her to play tennis or take them somewhere. In fact she believes they scorn her as pathetic when all she wants is her art life back and fears it is too late as she no longer wants to be the responsible one holding the extended family together.

A car accident leaves the two sisters stunned with grief though Susana focuses on painting for her upcoming exhibit. Angie's son Finn is fearful of his mother's boyfriend from the Faith Rise Church, gospel-singing Gabriel while Susanna learns the truth about her monogamous marriage and Angie learns the truth about her boyfriend. Life seems to be falling apart for the siblings, but each shows strengths that neither expected they had.

Although the story line has a soap opera feel to it, the strong cast makes the tale worth reading. Susanna is an incredible individual as her children Stella-Jean and Sebastian would testify with Stella-Jean showing similar fortitude late in the novel. Angie is an addictive personality needing to belong. Whereas the two adult males are selfish and abusive though in radically different ways as Gerry is verbally disdainful of his wife while Gabriel is ugly to Finn. Fans will root for the two sisters to kick the men in their respective lives to the curb, but doubt either has the strength to do so in this entertaining family drama.

Harriet Klausner
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By logic fan on September 10, 2011
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I hate to write a bad review, but I feel the need to balance the others out there. I don't read many novels and when I do invest the time, I want more than a mindless read with caricatures of political correctness.

I bought this because I was intrigued by the back cover blurb that mentioned betrayal and forgiveness. With those themes, I expected a complex story with fully formed characters who had both strengths and weaknesses. Instead, I found caricatures of political correctness. For example:

1. Gays are good. They are sensitive and loving. They are creative and most of them are very good-looking.

2. Married men cheat on their wives and only care about themselves.

3. Christians are especially bad. There are a few different types of Christians. The church is a haven for sadistic predators who enjoy hurting other people and pointing to the Bible to rationalize their behavior. And by the way, they are ugly and deformed. Those who are not actively sadistic are enablers and they prey on the poor by bamboozling them out of what little money they have. Those who don't fall into the previous categories are naive sheep, probably needy ex-drug addicts who desperately cling to Christianity until they can be "saved" by the enlightenment of atheists. When they see the light they may not be able to embrace atheism, but maybe they can at least progress far enough to switch over to some non-Christian belief system.

4. Recycling is good. (Ok, I'm fine with recycling, but it just seemed so artificially shoehorned in and by the time I read that sentence I was sick and tired of being lectured to about the liberal/progressive agenda.)

5. Art is good. Especially ugly, shocking art. Art with a message is particularly good.
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