The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

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It’s a charming story and damn fine debut. Tightly told, entirely readable, with enough sneak-up-on-you subplot to hold interest...It’s a charming story and damn fine debut. Tightly told, entirely readable, with enough sneak-up-on-you subplot to hold interest...
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A heart-wrenching debut novel about a young couple trying to find out what they really want in life--and whether or not that includes each other.

Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, who grew up in a small town in Canada, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia--blond, beautiful and rich--is part of his vision for a successful future. After they graduate in 2008, they move together to New York city, where Evan takes a job at a hedge fund--another step forward in the life he imagines for himself.

Julia, who has only known a life of privilege, graduates with an art history degree and no plan for her own future. She lands a low paying assistant job at a nonprofit, unsure about what she really wants, and wondering when everyone else figured that out for themselves.

With the market crashing and banks failing around him, Evan becomes involved in an increasingly high-stakes deal at work, and begins to realize that the price of privilege may come with dangerous strings attached. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past--someone who offers her a vision of a different kind of life.

Told in alternating perspectives, The Futures is a vivid story about love--falling in and out of it--betrayal, and the burning desire to be valued.
 

About Anna Pitoniak

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Anna Pitoniak is an editor of fiction and nonfiction at Random House. She graduated from Yale in 2010, where she majored in English and was an editor at the Yale Daily News. She grew up in British Columbia.
 
Published March 14, 2017 by Lee Boudreaux Books.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Oct 05 2016

Pitoniak expertly captures both the excitement and the oppressive darkness of being young and at sea in New York City, the unsettlingly thin line between freedom and free fall. And while the novel isn’t always subtle in its revelations, it’s deeply empathetic—and always engaging.

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Reviewed by Jean Zimmerman on Jan 22 2017

A little amphetamine wildness is something The Futures could use. Yet Julie and Evan's world is not that of Kerouac, and the people who populate the New York City of 2008 have their own challenges. Grim as their world tends to be, it is our world, and Pitoniak gets much of it right.

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Reviewed by Terra Arnone on Jan 23 2017

It’s a charming story and damn fine debut. Tightly told, entirely readable, with enough sneak-up-on-you subplot to hold interest...It’s a charming story and damn fine debut. Tightly told, entirely readable, with enough sneak-up-on-you subplot to hold interest...

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