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A heart-wrenching debut novel about a young couple trying to find out what they really want in life—and whether or not that includes each other.

Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, who grew up in a small town in Canada, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia—blond, beautiful and rich—is part of his vision for a successful future. After they graduate in 2008, they move together to New York city, where Evan takes a job at a hedge fund—another step forward in the life he imagines for himself.

Julia, who has only known a life of privilege, graduates with an art history degree and no plan for her own future. She lands a low paying assistant job at a nonprofit, unsure about what she really wants, and wondering when everyone else figured that out for themselves.

With the market crashing and banks failing around him, Evan becomes involved in an increasingly high-stakes deal at work, and begins to realize that the price of privilege may come with dangerous strings attached. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past—someone who offers her a vision of a different kind of life.

Told in alternating perspectives, The Futures is a vivid story about love—falling in and out of it—betrayal, and the burning desire to be valued.

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  • Anna Pitoniak perfectly captures the confusion and heartbreak of those post-college years, when even the strongest among us falter in the face of our own desires. 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 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
  • Winter's must-read book ... 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. Elle Canada
  • Pitoniak expertly captures both the excitement and the oppressive darkness of being young and at sea in New York City, the unsettingly thin line between freedom and free fall.... [The novel is] deeply empathetic--and always engaging. A bittersweet coming-of-age drama and a portrait of an era. Kirkus
  • Anna Pitoniak perfectly captures the confusion and heartbreak of those post-college years, when even the strongest among us falter in the face of our own desires. 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 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 Why We Came To the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 unsettingly thin line between freedom and free fall.... [The novel is] deeply empathetic--and always engaging. A bittersweet coming-of-age drama and a portrait of an era. Kirkus
  • This winter's cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever. Marie Claire
  • An emotional page-turner The Futures
  • 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
  • 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'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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anna Pitoniak perfectly captures the confusion and heartbreak of those post-college years, when even the strongest among us falter in the face of our own desires. 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
  • Pitoniak keeps the pace moving at a steady clip ... Pitoniak's well-plotted, character-driven, interior-focused novel captures the knowable angst of the unknowable possibilities of modern young adulthood. Booklist
  • 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 Cosmopolitan
  • 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 Why We Came to the City
  • An especially good [novel]...about the things you believe in when you're young, and what breaks your heart along the way. Refinery29
  • An especially good [novel]...about the things you believe in when you're young, and what breaks your heart along the way. Refinery29
  • "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"
  • 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
  • An emotional page-turner. Cosmopolitan
  • Pitoniak expertly captures both the excitement and the oppressive darkness of being young and at sea in New York City, the unsettingly thin line between freedom and free fall ... Deeply empathetic-and always engaging. A bittersweet coming-of-age drama and a portrait of an era. Kirkus
  • 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles
  • 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
  • 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 Why We Came to the City
  • 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

  • “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

  • “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 Why We Came To the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

  • 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 perfectly captures the confusion and heartbreak of those post-college years, when even the strongest among us falter in the face of our own desires. 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

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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.
About the Narrators

Sarah Mollo-Christensen is a voice talent and an audiobook narrator.

Michael Crouch is a six-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. He is a New York–based actor specializing in voice-over. His keen ear and knack for personalizing copy have established him as a flexible and creative national talent.