The Futures

The Futures

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Falling in love as Yale students and moving to New York City in 2008, hedge fund employee Evan is embroiled in a deal that risks everything he has worked for, while nonprofit employee Julia reconnects with someone from her past who represents a different kind of life.
Publisher: New York, New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780316354172
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,25 cm.

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capitalcity
Mar 22, 2018

The author has assembled the rank and file (save the absent politicos) of self-entitled, self-serving societal parasites, from old Boston money to Chinese money launderers. But in this novel (The Futures) they are secondary in prominence, compared to the lime lighted lead character: Julia. Here we have the poster child for a directionless, needy, narcissistic, self-indulgent clueless type, whose contribution to the welfare of the community is zero. Her notion of constructive coming of age is finding a storybook prince who will provide adulation 24/7, heartfelt and exceptionally satisfying sex, and the concomitant accoutrement of libation by the gallon. Julia is an ambulatory IED who ought not to be touched with a barge pole, let alone be entered into a relationship with, lest one suffer the inevitable explosion crippling, if not outright annihilating, their life. As for Evan, unfortunately a piece of flotsam and jetsam being carried downstream by the current of expendability flowing through a mercenary world. Sadly, today the characters portrayed in this book are not far fetched, original or exceptional, but all around us. The author closes with a hokey, rather well-telegraphed, ending. Noteworthy, in the acknowledgements, Pitonick mentions reading Hedge Hogs by Barbara Dreyfuss, as an insight into the world of hedge funds. This is a great book written by a health policy analyst about the tension laden, ulcer inducing trading of natural gas. How's that for an outside perspective?

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 24, 2017

Meh. I found this quite trite in terms of the characters, and didn't finish.

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