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The Futures : A New York love story

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'The next great New York novel' Town & Country'A cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever' Marie ClaireONE OF NYLON, REFINERY29's AND THE EVENING STANDARD'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2017***A stunning debut novel set in New York City that explores a relationship from two sides. What happens when life gets in the way?***This is a story about falling in love, and of a relationship that's falling apart . . .It's the story of a young couple, graduating from Yale and moving to New York in search of the shared future they'd always dreamed about. Of crisp morning strolls through Central Park, taxi horns and the bustle of tourists, salty hot pretzels and the glitter of Broadway and long summer days that stretch like shadows across the sidewalk. It's a story of high expectations and missed opportunities, of growing up, taking chances and making terrible mistakes. This is Evan and Julia's story. This is a love story.But nobody said it ends happily. Praise for The Futures'Tender and wise ... Pitoniak's voice is stylish and authentic, and perfect for exploring this rich territory: youth and love and New York City' Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles'An unflinchingly honest tale of two young people trying to navigate expectations and learning to live with their own mistakes. A compelling and memorable debut' J. Courtney Sullivan, author of The Engagements'The Futures reminded me of Brightness Falls, Jay McInerney's great novel of New York, for Pitoniak, like McInerney, possesses an instinctual understanding of the mechanisms that make the city run and a knack for embracing her characters' thornier sides. Utterly enjoyable' Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Yearshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 37mm | 559g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0718184564
  • 9780718184568
  • 110,233

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'The next great New York novel' Town & Country'A cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever' Marie ClaireONE OF NYLON, REFINERY29's AND THE EVENING STANDARD'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2017***A stunning debut novel set in New York City that explores a relationship from two sides. What happens when life gets in the way?***This is a story about falling in love, and of a relationship that's falling apart . . . * from the publisher's description * This winter's cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever * Marie Claire * Tender and wise ... Pitoniak's voice is stylish and authentic, and perfect for exploring this rich territory: youth and love and New York City -- Karen Thompson Walker, author of * The Age of Miracles * An unflinchingly honest tale of two young people trying to navigate expectations and learning to live with their own mistakes. A compelling and memorable debut -- J. Courtney Sullivan, author of * The Engagements * The Futures reminded me of Brightness Falls, Jay McInerney's great novel of New York, for Pitoniak, like McInerney, possesses an instinctual understanding of the mechanisms that make the city run and a knack for embracing her characters' thornier sides. Utterly enjoyable -- Joanna Rakoff, author of * My Salinger Year * The Futures is a haunting story of a relationship going wrong, set against the backdrop of a world that feels like it has gone utterly wrong, too. This will appeal to anybody who's been an early twenty-something and not known where life will go next. I loved it -- Gillian McAllister, author of * Everything but the Truth * The Futures is a love story and so much more. It captures the heartaches and exhilarations of early adulthood with a keen eye, a big heart, superb writing and an artfully intricate plot. This is a book for people of all ages looking for a place in the world, and Anna Pitoniak is a young novelist with some serious writing chops -- Meg Mitchell Moore, author of * The Admissions * Anna Pitoniak's debut novel, The Futures, is the perfect cocktail of smart prose, heartwarming characters, and unmatched savvy about modern city life. Like The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. or A Fortunate Age, this book will amaze and elate you. -- Kristopher Jansma, author of * The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards * Mesmerizing... The novel's alternating structure is hypnotic. Pitoniak is an absolute ventriloquist, completely inhabiting the voice of the two protagonists--their ambitions, anxieties, pettiness, sadness, and great love for one another. I couldn't put it down -- Sunil Yapa, author of * Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist * Set amid the 2008 financial collapse, Pitoniak's assured debut explores the cost of realizing-and misinterpreting-one's dreams... Navigating terrain-love and youth, college and city life-that's often oversimplified, Pitoniak eschews cliche for nuanced characterization and sharply observed detail. Evan and Julia ring true as 20-somethings, but Pitoniak's novel also speaks to anyone who has searched among possible futures for the way back to what Julia calls 'the person I had been all along' * Publishers Weekly * Pitoniak's well-plotted, character-driven, interior-focused novel captures the knowable angst of the unknowable possibilities of modern young adulthood * Booklist * 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. A bittersweet coming-of-age drama and a portrait of an era * Kirkus * An emotional page-turner * Cosmopolitan * The Futures takes place on the cusp of the 2008 market crash, and so perfectly encapsulates that time of life when everything was just beginning, when you had no idea who you were or where you were going * Popsugar * Pitoniak maintains her keen eye for the universal insecurities facing her generation today, from romantic uncertainties and the relative benefits and downsides of hedge fund and nonprofit jobs to the emotional effort it requires to negotiate the predetermined facts of one's upbringing with the person one chooses to become * Harper's Bazaar * Pitoniak's debut focuses on that time of life that is at turns both exhilarating and terrifying: right after getting out of college, when you're forced to confront who you are and who you want to be, when you know life is just beginning, but you're also starting to feel like many of your options are fading away * Nylon "Best New Books of 2017" * Anna Pitoniak's inspired debut centers on two recent college grads who move to New York City together during the 2008 recession and watch their relationship change drastically * Instyle * Pitoniak's precise and incisive powers of observation gives us a book with startling grace notes * NPR.org * A thoroughly modern love story. Original and engaging. I absolutely loved it -- Jane Fallon, number one bestselling author of * My Sweet Revenge * This stands out for its beautiful writing, emotional depth and evocative feel * New York Post *show more

About Anna Pitoniak

Anna Pitoniak is an editor of fiction and non-fiction at Random House in New York. She graduated from Yale in 2010, where she majored in English and was an editor at the Yale Daily News. The Futures is her first novel.Follow Anna on Twitter @annapitoniakshow more

Review Text

'The next great New York novel' Town & Country 'A cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever' Marie Claire ONE OF NYLON , REFINERY29 's AND THE EVENING STANDARD 'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2017 A stunning debut novel set in New York City that explores a relationship from two sides. What happens when life gets in the way? This is a story about falling in love, and of a relationship that's falling apart . . . from the publisher's descriptionshow more

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2,834 ratings
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