Recent Interviews and Features

Leonard Lopate interview on WNYC

WCBS radio interview

Flavorwire Q&A

LitHub essay, "What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing"

LitHub essay, "When Your New York Apartment Has a Secret Literary Past"

 

Reviews for The Futures

“This winter's cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever.”—Marie Claire

“[An] emotional page-turner.”—Cosmopolitan

“Winter's must-read book ... The next great New York novel ... 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

“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, Brett 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.”—NPR.org

Wall Street meets Girls.”—Elle Canada

“[A] debut novel written by and for the literary millenial … Pitoniak maintains her keen eye for the insecurities facing her generation today, from romantic uncertainties and the relative benefits and downsides of hedge funds 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

“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 

The Futures is, variously, a campus novel, a Wall Street caper, a bildungsroman, and the saga of a long, slow breakup. But the most interesting element is that, in attempting to take stock of the financial crisis, Pitoniak (an editor at Random House) is among the first novelists to try to articulate the Bloomberg era's significance. Following in the footsteps of classic debut novels like Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything and Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, she charts a tumultuous period in New York City history that transforms a group of recent college grads in ways they never anticipated. …  Pitoniak ultimately manages to answer many of the bigger questions she poses, and her greatest triumph is a perceptive speculation on the thin, blurry line separating crooks from heroes on Wall Street.”—The Village Voice

“Pitoniak is a sure-footed, fluid writer … Her low-key, confessional style is well-suited to her focus: the anxiety that attends the transition from college to the work force, from structure to structureless.”—The Globe and Mail

“A charming story and damn fine debut. Tightly told, entirely readable ... An engaging story with elegant language and a cast of strong off-suit characters who temper the two-person narrative perfectly ... Pitoniak’s honest portrayal honours both better-known and under-told truths of life after graduation.”—National Post

“Pitoniak ratchets up the suspense as she explores love and big finance ... [With] savvy plotting and nimble shifts in perspective ... Pitoniak inhabits both characters convincingly, displaying an uncanny ability to convey their dissimilar and sometimes clashing impressions of the same events.”—Toronto Star

“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

“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

“This is another novel about the economic collapse of the late aughts. But it's an especially good one, about the things you believe in when you're young, and what breaks your heart along the way.”—Refinery29

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

“Stands out for its beautiful writing, emotional depth and evocative feel.”—New York Post

“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 cliché 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

“Once young and in love and destined for greatness, a pair of recent college grads find themselves dangerously unraveling at the dawn of the 2008 financial crisis in Pitoniak's energetic debut … 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 … Deeply empathetic—and always engaging. A bittersweet coming-of-age drama and a portrait of an era.”—Kirkus

“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

“This debut coming-of-age novel captures the insecurities of the first days of independent adulthood and the unintended consequences in the struggle for maturity … Recommended.”—Library Journal