The Futures

The Futures

by Anna Pitoniak


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The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

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.—

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316354172
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 537,589
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Futures 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I found myself caring for the characters and imagining living in New York, the process of becoming who you were meant to be is a lot of repitiveness and the good things are not seen so easily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what can I say? This was probably the best book I have read in a while. It really made you think and was so well written. A must read
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
Interesting Concept The Futures portrays the transition of a young couple between graduation and going out in the wild world. Evan comes from a modest background in a small rural community. He is a good Hockey Player and has worked hard to obtain entry in Yale. Julia, on the other hand comes from a very privileged background. Everything has always come easy to her and most of her decisions are influenced by her "snob" parents. Evan and Julia meet each other at Yale University and fall in love. They have a fairly stable relationship until they move to New York after graduation. Evan is offered a once in a lifetime job in finance whereas Julia struggles to obtain employment until she is offered a job through mutual acquaintances. It's not ideal and the money is poor but she can always rely on her parents! Evan is singled out to help with what looks to be a profitable project. He works all hours and the relationship starts to fall apart. Julia starts to feel "abandoned" and when she meets someone from her past, she takes it as a good sign that the future will be brighter! All this is happening during the financial downturn. Evan's project is not as above board as he was led to believe. He comes across some information by accident and starts to worry. He doesn't confide in anyone but Julia who is still looking for something more in her life. Will she ever be happy with her lot? It wasn’t easy for me to take a liking to Julia. She is selfish, immature and self centered. She also makes one mistake too many when looking for the unattainable. Evan makes his own mistakes but he is loyal. When things come to a head, the betrayal that surfaces results in bitterness. It's an interesting storyline which reflects the damage of the financial crisis in 2008. I found it to be a little too lengthy in places and the ending is a little abrupt, but satisfactory. An epilogue could have added a better note to the novel. Overall, it's a credible story which shows that the grass is not always greener on the other side and that growing up can be a struggle. I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a week off from work, I ran to B&N to grab this new novel and see what it was about. It was done in 3 days, leaving me teary eyed and wanting more. It left me longing for college days and really invested in the main 2 characters. Loved it and can't wait for more similar works from this new author. 5 Stars!!
LyssWolf More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! Read book cover to cover in 5 days. Great story and writing style, flows effortlessly. Loved the switching back and forth with short chapters from both main characters. Keeps you engaged and invested in wanting to know what happens next.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Not only do Julia and Evan have the usual after college experiences, frustrations and challenges that most people have, they also have their social rankings to deal with. And then it is also 2008. And, Evan decides to become a hedge fund trader. On the cusp of the evil empire, Enron, having cooked all their books. Now, we find out that the banking industry is fixing to tank. And Evan's boss, not learning enough from the evil empire, has decided to do a little cooking of his own and include Evan. Maybe not so much cooking as bribing. However, Evan has no idea. He's in over his head. This poor couple doesn't stand a chance. Julia has a 9 to 5 job and sits home and waits. She's wondering if Evan is the one for her, did she do the right thing, etc. etc. Evan is at work all the time and even when he isn't at work, he is. He's worried about what's going on, what could happen, did he do the figures right etc., etc. My review makes it sound tedious, but the author makes it sound a lot better, believe me. This was definitely a great read. It was about relationships, life, even a little thriller momentum going through it, and just growing up. Loved it! Huge thanks to Little, Brown and Company for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.