The Times 2022 Book of the YearLonglisted for the 2022 Women’s Prize for FictionNominated for the 2022/23 Comedy Women in Print PrizeCharlotte 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?