The Futures

Lee Boudreaux: Little Brown. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316354172. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316354189. F
Julia, who comes from a wealthy family, has an art degree and no vision for her life beyond college. Evan is a Canadian hockey player from a working-class family. He, however, has a plan. His degree in finance lands him a job at a prestigious hedge fund in New York City. After meeting at Yale, Evan and Julia move to New York together, each struggling to establish a career. As they become immersed in their own interests, they grow apart. When the financial world crumbles, an ironic twist causes Evan to lose his job and destroys his faltering relationship with Julia.
VERDICT This debut coming-of-age novel captures the insecurities of the first days of independent adulthood and the unintended consequences in the struggle for maturity. Readers of general fiction will enjoy this story. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 7/11/16.]
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