Private Citizens

A depiction of a generation grappling with privilege and finding grace in failure

By Tony Tulathimutte Read by Pete Cross Fiction / Humorous / Literary English, Unabridged 12h 36m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							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.  The story’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.

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Starred Review. “[A] razor-sharp debut...Witty, unsparing, and unsettlingly precise, Tulathimutte empathizes with his subjects even as he (brilliantly) skewers them. A satirical portrait of privilege and disappointment with striking emotional depth.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Private Citizens is the product of a whirring intellect with brilliance to burn...Reading Tony Tulathimutte is like watching a mad genius at work in his laboratory, conjuring the magnificent and the monstrous into life.” - Anthony Marra, New York Times-bestselling author

“Private Citizens is a freak of literature--a novel so authentic, hilarious, elegantly plotted, and heartbreaking that I’d follow it anywhere. Tony Tulathimutte is a singular intellect with an uncanny 40/20 vision on the world.” - Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel and A Partial History of Lost Causes

“Tulathimutte’s debut is poetic and impressive start for an edgy new writer.” - Booklist

Mr. Tulathimutte is keen to probe the underlying anxieties and insecurities of his characters, making them more empathetic and appealing than they might have been. - New York Times