The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson


The Times 2022 Book of the Year
Longlisted for the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction
Nominated for the 2022/23 Comedy Women in Print Prize

Charlotte Mendelson's The Exhibitionist is a dazzling exploration of art, sacrifice, toxic family politics, queer desire and personal freedom.

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 which could tear the family apart.

Leah, the eldest daughter, devoted to her father and convinced of his genius.

Patrick, Lucia's sensitive son, who has finally decided to strike out by himself.

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?

Contributor Bio

Charlotte Mendelson has written several novels to great acclaim: Love in Idleness; Daughters of Jerusalem, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; When We Were Bad, shortlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction and a book of the year in The Observer, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The New Statesman and The Spectator;and Almost English, which was longlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize and the 2014 Women's Prize for Fiction. The Exhibitionist is Charlotte's fifth novel.

More Details

  • Pan Macmillan
  • Imprint : Picador
  • Spring 2023
  • On Sale: May 23/23
  • Paperback | 7.75 x 7.77
  • FICTION / Literary
  • 9781529052787