Private Citizens: A Novel

Paperback | February 9, 2016

byTony Tulathimutte

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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.

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month in the Literature & Fiction CategoryA Buzzfeed “Most Exciting” Book of 2016A Flavorwire “Most Anticipated” Book of 2016New 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 privi...

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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 anxi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062399101

ISBN - 13:9780062399106

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