The Futures is described as a New York Love Story but for most of the book the main characters Julia and Evan seem to be almost the antithesis of love. Their relationship is a convenience, a habit.
Julia and Evan get together at college where Evan is a Canadian ice hockey player on a sports scholarship and Julia is studying the arts. Neither have a real feel for what they will do afterwards. Evan knows he isn’t good enough to reach the NHL and finds himself being recruited by New York financiers. Agreeing to move to New York with him Julia doesn’t have a job or any real idea of what she could do.
The book is set in the time just before the New York finance crash. As Lehman Brothers goes under and everyone else starts downsizing. It’s an interesting period to read about and the financial dealings are not so complicated that you can’t follow them but it still doesn’t feel like a love story.
Evan’s job requires him to work 18 hour days and there is little time for a social life or for Julia. Discontent with her work life and with her lack of support from Evan sees Julia trying to find a better solution.
At times it is a frustrating read as neither Evan or Julia are particularly sympathetic characters. I could see her betrayal coming so far out that when you realise it was happened you aren’t really that bothered.
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UK Publication Date: 1 June 2017. 409 pages.