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The Futures Hardcover – January 17, 2017
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From the Publisher
Anna Pitoniak in conversation with her editor, Carina Guiterman
CG: Why did you set The Futures during the 2008 financial crash?
AP: I remember very vividly where I was during the financial crisis. My college roommate and I stayed up late, that Sunday night in September 2008, speculating about what might happen. Many of my friends already had jobs lined up at various banks, but when we woke up the next morning, those banks no longer existed. It was the first time in my adult life that I was aware of living through history: the world had changed overnight. When I began to imagine the characters in The Futures, I always knew the setting would be 2008. I think that times of instability can test us, can reveal uncomfortable truths. I wanted to explore what it would be like for a young couple—already destabilized by the transition from college to the real world—to be tested in this way, at this particularly fraught moment in time.
CG: How has your day job as a book editor made the process of publishing your own book different?
AP: I went into the publication of The Futures knowing how the process would unfold, thanks to my job as an editor: the stages of production, design, marketing, publicizing, etc. All of that was familiar to me. But I am surprised by how different it feels to have my own work published, as opposed to the work of someone I’ve edited. When it’s your own writing, out there in the world, the emotional intensity is just that much higher. I finally understand how all of my writers feel during their publications!
CG: You write in both Julia and Evan’s voices; was one harder to master than the other? Do your loyalties lie more with Julia or Evan?
AP: Both were challenging, in different ways. Julia’s voice came to me sooner; she is perhaps more introspective, so when I was writing her sections, I had access to a different range of emotions. Evan’s voice was more elusive. His narration is more straightforward, but that didn’t make it easier; sometimes it meant his thoughts were expressed with more subtlety. My loyalties lie with both of them, or maybe with neither of them. They are both flawed. I care for both of them deeply, but I couldn’t rescue them from their own mistakes. I think my loyalties lie with reality: letting Julia and Evan behave as real people do, with all of their anxieties and dreams and self-sabotaging behavior.
CG: Do you see yourself in either Julia or Evan?
AP: There is a little bit of me in both of them. Like Evan, I grew up in a small town in British Columbia, and I remember what it felt like to move to New York City with that outsider mentality. And like Julia, many of my friends had jobs but I graduated from college with no clear plan of what to do next, and I was disoriented by how wide-open the future appeared.
CG: What would you like to stay in readers’ minds long after they finish reading the book?
AP: This book is about Evan and Julia navigating their specific situations, but my hope is that it resonates with those who might have nothing in common with Evan and Julia. For those going through that same coming-of-age moment, and for those who are long past that moment, I hope it offers a reminder of how strange and difficult that time can be—and that we can’t be expected to have all the answers figured out. That, in fact, it’s sometimes better not to have all the answers figured out.
"An emotional page-turner."
"Boy meets girl. They fall in love and everything's picture perfect. Until the financial crisis hits and boy gets involved in a shady deal at work. This read is The Big Short meets Serendipity."―theSkimm
"The smart, fast-paced book calls to mind a period when bright young things moved to New York to work for Goldman Sachs and not Google ... Part of a larger conversation about coming of age that includes novels like Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. and Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children."―Town & Country
"An especially good [novel]...about the things you believe in when you're young, and what breaks your heart along the way."
―Refinery29, "One of the 2017 Books We're Most Excited About"
"[A] debut novel written by and for the literary millennial ... 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, "13 Books You Need to Read in January"
"Wall Street meets Girls."
"Acutely drawn ... We were transported back to our younger selves and that universal feeling of trying to make sense of an uncertain future ahead ... Already looking forward to what Anna Pitoniak will write next."―goop
"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"
"Following in the footsteps of classic debut novels like Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything and Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, Pitoniak charts a tumultuous period in New York City history that transforms a group of recent college grads in ways they never anticipated. As in Kristopher Jansma's latest, Why We Came to the City, also set in the heady days of 2008, Pitoniak's ingenuous youths are helpless against the risk and potential they perceive lurking around each corner."
"The Futures stands out for its beautiful writing, emotional depth and evocative feel."
―New York Post
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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Set against the New England backdrop of high school, college campuses and New York, The Futures covers the entire arc of high school through marriage. Principal characters Julia and Evan directly or indirectly experience everything from first love to infidelity, college courses to insider trading. Huge successes and equally daunting failure.
Their humanity and inner thoughts are laid bare to the reader through Pitoniak's easy, flowing prose and dramatic ability to shift perspective and character. Julia's struggle to move from a gentle drift through life to the conclusion that active engagement with imperfect visibility of the future is a remarkably true and insightful guide to the struggles of life.
We will surely be hearing more from this young, promising author.
Having spent sometime in the Vermont and New England area I found the location part of its appeal. The jaunt from college to insider trading and marriage, and much more along the way was life in action, both the good and bad. I can tell that Ms Pitoniak has a future in writing. Perhaps her journey on getting this published might be the basis for another writing.
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