The Exhibitionist – Charlotte Mendelson


Meet the Hanrahan family, gathering for a weekend as patriarch Ray Hanrahan, a famous artist, prepares for a new exhibition, the first in many decades. 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. Lucia, Ray’s steadfast and selfless wife, is an artist, too, but has always had to put her roles as wife and mother first. But Lucia is hiding secrets of her own, and as the weekend unfolds and the exhibition approaches, she must finally make a choice. An exploration of art, sacrifice, toxic family politics, queer desire and personal freedom.

Nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022.

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