Monday, July 31, 2017

Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte

Friends in college, they have moved in different directions in the years following.  Cory is determined to make the nonprofit at which she works successful even if it kills her.  Will makes his living on the Internet with programming and other gigs.  After years of no relationships due to his introversion, he is now in a relationship with the smart, beautiful and determined Vanya.  Hendrik moved into a post-graduate research gig but it's just ended when the grant was cut in half and is at loose ends.  Linda is the girl every man wanted but she just used them for fun and wasted relationships like she wasted her talent.

Now each has ended up in San Francisco and they are working on making dreams come true.  Will has the money and he agrees to take in Linda when she is involved in a car wreck and can't work.  Later Hendrik ends up there also as he is at loose ends.  Cory, who has never lost track, drops in and out of their lives.  None of them are making much progress at achieving their goals but maybe this month will be different?

Tony Tulathimutte is a graduate of Stanford and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  His work has appears in Salon, The New Yorker online and other publications.  As a member of the Millenial Generation, he is poised to explain their issues and dreams as few other writers are.  This book is recommended for readers of literary fiction and those interested in the new generation ready to take over as the mainstream of American culture.

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