One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. But they can't both win.
Stella and Violet are best friends, and from the moment they met in college, they knew their roles. Beautiful, privileged, and reckless Stella lives in the spotlight. Hardworking, laser-focused Violet stays behind the scenes, always ready to clean up the mess that Stella inevitably leaves in her wake.
After graduation, Violet moves to New York and lands a job in cable news, where she works her way up from intern to assistant to producer, and to a life where she's finally free from Stella's shadow. In this fast-paced world, Violet thrives, and her ambitions grow---but everything is jeopardized when Stella, envious of Violet's new life, uses her connections, beauty, and charisma to get hired at the same network. Stella soon moves in front of the camera, becoming the public face of the stories that Violet has worked tirelessly to produce---and taking all the credit.
Stella might be the one with the rich family and the right friends, but Violet isn't giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, each reveals just how far she'll go to get what she wants--even if it means destroying the other person along the way.
Written with propulsive intensity and jump-off-the-page characters, Necessary People explores the dangerous fault lines of female friendships and plumbs the limits of ambition, loyalty, and love.
About the Author
Anna Pitoniak is the author of The Futures. She worked for many years in book publishing, most recently as a Senior Editor at Random House. She grew up in Whistler, British Columbia, and now lives in New York City.
"A chilling mix of charm, danger, suspense and surprises... you think you know where this book is going--but you don't." —Lee Child
"Delicious...Thrilling...I was so mesmerized by this story that I took the longer subway route more than once so I'd have more time to savor it."—Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire (Best Books of 2019 So Far)
"Pitoniak's riveting and gripping novel nails the big personalities, intense competition and high drama of TV newsrooms. I was sucked in by the dark friendship of these two ambitious women, and did not see the final twist coming!"—Alisyn Camerota, Anchor of CNN's New Day and author of Amanda Wakes Up
"A complex, sharply written novel of female friendship and competition. The story of ambitious, brilliant Violet and her moneyed, beautiful best friend Stella is everything I want from a novel and more. Rife with plot twists and rich with insights, this is a book that will leave you desperate for whatever Anna Pitoniak writes next."—Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
"Sheer pleasure...Pitoniak is an astute social observer, and the novel---a literary thriller about class aspiration and young female ambition---is a twisting delight with a haunting punch. Deceptively nuanced, and impossible to put down, this is escapism with substance..."—Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Fantastic...This stirring character study and treatise on the dark sides of ambition, friendship, family, and privilege will hook readers from the get-go." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Propulsive...Pitoniak's prose keeps a quick pace, and her characters and the TV-news setting ring true...Hand this to readers who like books exploring the dark side of female friendships, à la Megan Abbott, or fans of Tara Isabella Burton's The Social Creature."—Kathy Sexton, Booklist