Prominent lawyer Alistair Langford has worked hard to achieve his immense ambitions, but in the course of just one evening he recklessly destroys everything. The scandal threatens his marriage and exposes a secret he has hidden his entire adult life.
Meanwhile, his son Luke, who has led a privileged life but also has worked hard to achieve his own success, has fallen in love with a beautiful actress. When she suddenly leaves him, he plummets into a dangerous depression. His ideals in tatters, he seeks a kind of redemption by taking in two asylum seekers from Kosovo, whose struggles contrast starkly and poignantly with his own.
A deftly plotted, highly suspenseful, and astutely observed morality tale, Exposure explores the dangerous pleasure of offering charity, the effects of deceit and shame on a rigidly complacent family, and the nature of love among family and friends.
PRAISE FOR EXPOSURE
""Talitha Stevenson has written a rich, deep and mesmerizing novel that simultaneously projects a sense of casual grace and of inexorability which I am tempted to say is like life itself, except of course that life is seldom lived at such an acute, Jamesian pitch of hyper-awareness, which is why we need novels. Especially novels like Exposure. Stevenson has an incredible talent; she writes like a very old soul, with an exquisitely-tuned Catholic sensitivity to sin, guilt and sexual obsession.""--Jay McInerney
UK PRAISE FOR EXPOSURE
""A triumphant read . . . What Stevenson describes with gobsmacking accuracy is our primal fear that life will unceremoniously unravel."" - The Independent
""A saga of family dysfunction, rather in the manner of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections or Justin Cartwright's The Promise of Happiness.""- The Times