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The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson

The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson


Meet the Hanrahan family. Ray, the father. Acclaimed artist and notorious narcissist, who is obsessed with his own reputation. Lucia, his long-suffering wife. A lauded sculptor yet terrified of what recognition could bring.  And she has a secret of her own -  she's met the most wonderful woman. 

Then there's Leah, the eldest daughter, devoted to her father and convinced of his genius. Patrick, the  sensitive son, who has finally decided to strike out by himself and  Jess, the youngest daughter, insecure and facing a daunting decision. As they gather for a momentous weekend - the first exhibition of Ray's artwork in many decades - each member of the family must finally make a choice. And when they do, once tensions have boiled over and the guests have departed, what will be left of the Hanrahans?


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


A Times, Guardian, and Good Housekeeping Book of the Year for 2022  Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction


'It takes the most ferocious intelligence, skill, and a deep reservoir of sadness to write a novel as funny as this. I adored it' - MEG MASON


'A devastating treat of a novel: funny, furious, dark and delicious' - SARAH WATERS

  • Details

    Imprint: Picador

    Publication Date: 9/3/23

    ISBN: 9781529052787

    Pages: 336

    Format: Pbk

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