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Private Citizens

Tony Tulathimutte

Capturing the anxious, self-aware mood of young college grads in the noughties, Private Citizens embraces the contradictions of our new century. 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 humour and pain, the four estranged friends stagger through the Bay Area’s maze of tech start-ups, protestors, gentrifiers, karaoke bars, house parties and cultish self-help seminars, washing up in each other’s lives once again.

  • Publication date: June 1, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786071484
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 384


'Tulathimutte is a big talent.’

Jonathan Franzen, author of Purity and Freedom

‘A brilliant novel – whip smart, hilarious and entirely engrossing.’

Emma Cline, author of The Girls

‘In this lovingly portrayed hell, the body is excess baggage, and selfdoubt poses dangers so grave only a writer would risk it. It’s not a satire, but an eloquent social novel bristling with logic.’ 

Nell Zink, Financial Times, Best Books of 2016

‘A sketch of the way US millennials, and the only slightly older men and women who employ them, live now’.


‘At its very best it strikes one as a particularly savage episode of Seinfeld.’

Big Issue

‘Tulathimutte’s scalpel of cultural dissection is very sharp indeed…[his] verve and linguistic agility reminiscent of the best literary comic performers…Hilarious and relentlessly uncompromising…he has everything it takes to become a great American novelist’.

Literary Review

‘Although the four protagonists don’t shower themselves in glory, their creator certainly does.’


‘The quality and confidence of Tulathimutte’s writing is evident throughout the book…Private Citizens works so well because there’s a realness to everything the characters experience. This is not parody or satire, just the sometimes grotesque behaviour of millennials under a searing spotlight’.

The Irish Times

‘[A] thrillingly sceptical vision of the noughties’.


‘If Evelyn Waugh and Tom Wolfe had a baby, one who wrote sensibly about the subset of people that Dave Eggers has written about whimsically, that baby would probably be Tony Tulathimutte and the book would be Private Citizens…A hilarious portrait of youthful self-centeredness.’ 

The Paris Review

‘My literary accessory of choice is Tony Tulathimutte’s Private Citizens.’ 


‘A funny, unflinching portrayal of young people today, nasty neuroses and all.’ 

Huffington Post

Tony Tulathimutte

Tony Tulathimutte is the author of Private Citizens. He has written for Vice, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, N+1, AGNI and Salon. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received an O. Henry Award, a Truman Capote fellowship, a MacDowell Colony fellowship and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award

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