The Futures

The Futures

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ONE OF REFINERY29 's BEST BOOKS OF 2017
ONE OF the Skimm's BEST BOOKS OF 2017

"The next great New York novel."- Town & Country

"A story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever."- Marie Claire

"Pitoniak's precise and incisive powers of observation give us a book with startling grace notes ... As in earlier, seminal novels about similar 20-something cohorts-among them Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City , Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar -the city is another mirror character, a puzzle the protagonists must solve as they come to grips with their own lives.--NPR.org

In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success-only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached.

Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a rural Canadian town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia--blond, beautiful, and rich--fits perfectly into the future he's envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, whose privileged upbringing grants her an easy but wholly unsatisfying job with a nonprofit, feels increasingly shut out of Evan's secretive world.

With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in a high-stakes deal at work--a deal that, despite the assurances of his Machiavellian boss, begins to seem more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of live. As the economy craters, and as Evan and Julia spin into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more--good and bad--than they'd ever imagined.

Rich in suspense and insight, Anna Pitoniak's gripping debut reveals the fragile yet enduring nature of our connections: to one another and to ourselves. THE FUTURES is a glittering story of a couple coming of age, and a searing portrait of what it's like to be young and full of hope in New York City, a place that so often seems determined to break us down--but ultimately may be the very thing that saves us.
Publisher: New York, NY : Lee Boudreaux Book, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316354172
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 25 cm

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Mar 22, 2018

The author has assembled the rank and file (save the absent politicos) of self-entitled, self-serving societal parasites, from old Boston money to Chinese money launderers. But in this novel (The Futures) they are secondary in prominence, compared to the lime lighted lead character: Julia. Here we have the poster child for a directionless, needy, narcissistic, self-indulgent clueless type, whose contribution to the welfare of the community is zero. Her notion of constructive coming of age is finding a storybook prince who will provide adulation 24/7, heartfelt and exceptionally satisfying sex, and the concomitant accoutrement of libation by the gallon. Julia is an ambulatory IED who ought not to be touched with a barge pole, let alone be entered into a relationship with, lest one suffer the inevitable explosion crippling, if not outright annihilating, their life. As for Evan, unfortunately a piece of flotsam and jetsam being carried downstream by the current of expendability flowing through a mercenary world. Sadly, today the characters portrayed in this book are not far fetched, original or exceptional, but all around us. The author closes with a hokey, rather well-telegraphed, ending. Noteworthy, in the acknowledgements, Pitonick mentions reading Hedge Hogs by Barbara Dreyfuss, as an insight into the world of hedge funds. This is a great book written by a health policy analyst about the tension laden, ulcer inducing trading of natural gas. How's that for an outside perspective?

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 24, 2017

Meh. I found this quite trite in terms of the characters, and didn't finish.

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