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‘A brilliant novel – whip smart, hilarious and entirely engrossing’ Emma Cline, author of The Girls
'Tulathimutte is a big talent’ Jonathan Franzen, author of Purity
'An eloquent social novel bristling with logic’ Nell Zink, Financial Times, Best Summer Books of 2016
*A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 – SELECTED BY JONATHAN FRANZEN*
From a brilliant new literary talent comes a sweeping comic portrait of privilege, ambition and friendship - dubbed ‘the first great millennial novel’ by New York Magazine.
Capturing the anxious, self-aware mood of young college grads in the noughties, Private Citizens embraces the contradictions of our new century. Call it a gleefully rude comedy of manners, a Middlemarch for Millennials. The novel's four whip-smart narrators – idealistic Cory, Internet-lurking Will, awkward Henrik, and vicious Linda – are torn between fixing the world and cannibalizing it. In boisterous prose that ricochets between humour and pain, the four estranged friends stagger through the Bay Area’s maze of tech start-ups, protestors, gentrifiers, karaoke bars, house parties and cultish self-help seminars, washing up in each other’s lives once again.
A wise and searching depiction of a generation grappling with privilege and finding grace in failure, Private Citizens is as expansively intelligent as it is full of heart.