- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books (17 Jan. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316354171
- ISBN-13: 978-0316354172
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,854,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""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"
"Tender and wise, "The Futures" feels like a true story. 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"""
"THE FUTURES transports us to that post-college moment when it seems like you have all the options in the world but no clue about which ones to choose. Pitoniak weaves an unflinchingly honest tale of two people trying to navigate expectations and learning to live with their own mistakes. A compelling and memorable debut." J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Engagements
"Pitoniak's well-plotted, character-driven, interior-focused novel captures the knowable angst of the unknowable possibilities of modern young adulthood."
"This winter's cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever."
"An emotional page-turner"
"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."
"Mesmerizing.... The novel's alternating structure is hypnotic. Pitoniak is an absolute ventriloquist, completely inhabiting the voices 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
"Tender and wise, The Futures feels like a true story. 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 emotional page-turner"
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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Thanks to Stylist magazine for alerting to this brilliant, moving, heartbreaking book by Anna Pitoniak - "The Futures".
Dreamy, elegiac, heartbreaking, healing, wise, full of sorrow, hope and imminence.
Disintegration of love, coming of age and of coming home.
And smart and intelligent!
Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street is on its way too me! (WOW. So inspired to read more about hedge funds and the workings of Wall Street!)
Disclaimer: I apologize for all the exclamation marks!
Meeting at Yale Evan and Julia quickly fall in love. Coming from different worlds they are mismatched; he is a Canadian hockey player from a small town whose flight to Yale was his first trip out of Canada and she is the daughter of a successful lawyer whose holidays were spent visiting Europe. He gets a job at a prestigious hedge fund whilst Julia flounders, unemployed and unsure what she wants to be now she is a grown up. The scales are suddenly tipped with Evan, on the surface, the most successful of the two and Julia trailing in his wake. No matter how hard Evan works though he will never quite measure up saying early on:
“My money came like water from a pump, flowing only as long as I kept working. Hers came like a spring whose source was bountiful and deep”
This inequality and fear of not being quite good enough pushes Evan into a dangerous world and shines a spotlight on their differences.
The financial crash is very recent history, I clearly remember the collapse of bank after bank and Anna Pitoniak really brings the fear, uncertainty and unease of that period to life. It reminded me at times of City On Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg which explored New York in the late 1970s when it was verging on bankruptcy. Both books treat New York as a character; its lure, beauty and cruelty seeps out of every page.
I really liked reading from both Evan and Julia’s viewpoints, things are slowly revealed which make things clear and although this isn’t a book of twists and turns I loved how it developed. There are key sections of the novel which differ depending upon whose story it is; the core information is the same but the details are slightly different (much like in the TV Show The Affair) which I absolutely loved – these subtleties meant that my sympathy was constantly being pulled in two different directions. It also helped to ramp up the pressure and increase the sense of impending doom.
The Futures is a novel about many things; love, loyalty, ambition, youth, hope and inequality to name a few. It is a tightly written book; there are no superfluous passages and my attention didn’t wander. It was unputdownable and a real page turner, I loved it.
Evan and Julia move to Nee York, rent a small apartment in one of the more run down areas of the city and begin to look for work. As Yale graduates, they believe that work will be easy to find, but it is 2008 and the financial crash is looming. Evan is lucky, he lands a lucrative job with a hedge fund company, Spire. He believes that life couldn't get any better. He has the perfect job and a wonderful girlfriend. But, is he living the perfect life? Is his life perfect? Julia's situation is entirely different. She feels at a loss, with no job prospects looming. She does not want to be the 'stay at home wife', she is a Yale graduate. She wants to live her life as a young career woman. She is fortunate enough to be employed by a charitable organisation, gained via her parents' contacts. But is this what she really wants to do? Has she merely settled?.
Evan and Julia are complete opposites, and from entirely different backgrounds. Julia was brought up in a privileged household and has many society connections. Evan on the other hand is from a working class family in Canada. His parents own and run a grocery store in their small town. These social circumstances are important for understanding what happens in their future, in a way they believe that their social upbringing and status defines who they are and what they will become.
The Futures is the story of a young couple starting out in life. They have there whole future ahead of them. They learn about living independently in the big world, a completely different life to that of students. They learn about trust, love, and basically what it means to be a grown up. They learn that life is often way more complicated than it seems, but that there is always a way to survive, to simply be.
I don't want to go into the plot, but I'll just say it is a simple one, focussing upon these two characters and how their relationship evolves over time. As with any relationship, they need to find their role within it. They need to figure out who they really are.
I enjoyed reading this gentle and thought provoking novel. It resonated deeply with me, that feeling when you first graduate, when you are set free into the world, but you have no idea of what role you will play in it. The Futures echoes these thoughts and feelings beautifully. I loved the depictions of living in New York City and the beautiful prose and phrasing that was used. It really is s beautiful and engaging read.
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