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I was so burnt out on think pieces and novels about the "millenial generation" that I nearly didn't read Private Citizens, which would have been a big mistake because this book takes the traditional millenial story and ramps it up to level 9000. Will, Cory, Linda, and Henrik are college friends/roommates/exes who after Stanford graduation have found themselves typically afloat in bad jobs, relationships, and apartments. But this is where the story leaves the beaten path as Tulathimutte’s virtuosic prose and evil genius imagination (think David Foster Wallace) throws our compellingly crappy protagonists into crazier and more unbelievable situations, often of their own making. Reading this book was like hanging out with my smartest, meanest, funniest friend, who thinks I am just as smart, mean, and funny. Whether you hate millennials, want to understand them, or are one, this book will not disappoint as it skewers, demystifies, and, ultimately, empathizes with the most misunderstood (by themselves) generation.— From Lillian
PRIVATE CITIZENS was named a best book of the year by New York Magazine/Vulture, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Nylon, Kirkus, Electric Literature and The Millions.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month in the Literature & Fiction Category
A Buzzfeed "Most Exciting" Book of 2016
A Flavorwire "Most Anticipated" Book of 2016
New York Magazine calls Private Citizens "the first great millennial novel."
Emma Cline calls it "brilliant."
From a brilliant new literary talent comes a sweeping comic portrait of privilege, ambition, and friendship in millennial San Francisco. With the social acuity of Adelle Waldman and the murderous wit of Martin Amis, Tony Tulathimutte's Private Citizens is a brainy, irreverent debut--This Side of Paradise for a new era.
Capturing the anxious, self-aware mood of young college grads in the aughts, Private Citizens embraces the contradictions of our new century: call it a loving satire. A gleefully rude comedy of manners. 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 humor and pain, the four estranged friends stagger through the Bay Area's maze of tech startups, 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.