Necessary People (Hardcover)

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One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. Only one of them can win.

Stella Bradley is beautiful, rich, and very good at getting herself into trouble. Violet Trapp is smart, self-aware, and laser-focused on escaping her humble background--especially after Stella gives her a glimpse into a world of glamour and wealth. They are best friends, and from the moment they meet in college, they know their roles: Stella in the spotlight, and Violet behind the scenes.

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. Until Stella decides to use her connections, beauty and charisma to land a job 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 for it.

But Violet isn't giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, they each reveal just how far they'll go to get what they want--even if it means destroying the other person along the way.

Set against the fast-paced backdrop of TV news, Necessary People is a propulsive work of psychological suspense about ambition and privilege, about the thin line between friendship and rivalry, about the people we need in our lives--and the people we don't.

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.

Praise For…

"Delicious...Thrilling...I was so mesmerized by this story that I took the longer subway route to drinks more than once so I'd have more time to savor it."—Marie Claire (Best Books of 2019 So Far)

"A chilling mix of charm, danger, suspense and surprises... you think you know where this book is going--but you don't."
Lee Child

"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

"Necessary People is a complex, sharply written novel of female friendship and competition. Set in the cutthroat world of cable news, 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

"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...Sheer pleasure."—Kirkus (starred review)

Praise for The Futures:

"The next great New York novel."
Town & Country

"Pitoniak's precise and incisive powers of observation give us a
book with startling grace notes ... As in earlier, seminal novels about
similar 20-something cohorts-among them Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar-the city is another mirror character, a puzzle the protagonists must solve as they come to grips with their own lives."—

"Boy meets girl. They fall in love and everything's picture perfect. Until the financial crisis hits and boy gets involved in a shady deal at work. This read is The Big Short meets Serendipity."—theSkimm

"A story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever."—Marie Claire

"An emotional page-turner."

"An especially good [novel]...about the things you believe in when you're young, and what breaks your heart along the way."
Refinery29, "One of the 2017 Books We're Most Excited About"

"[A] debut novel written by and for the literary millennial ... Pitoniak maintains her keen eye for the universal insecurities facing her generation today, from romantic uncertainties and the relative benefits and downsides of hedge fund and nonprofit jobs to the emotional effort it requires to negotiate the predetermined facts of one's upbringing with the person one chooses to become."—Harper's Bazaar, "13 Books You Need to Read in January"

"Wall Street meets Girls."
Elle Canada

"Acutely drawn ... We were transported back to our younger selves and that universal feeling of trying to make sense of an uncertain future ahead ... Already looking forward to what Anna Pitoniak will write next."—goop

"Pitoniak's debut focuses on that time of life that is at turns both exhilarating and terrifying: right after getting out of college, when you're forced to confront who you are and who you want to be, when you know life is just beginning, but you're also starting to feel like many of your options are fading away."—Nylon, "Best New Books of 2017"

"St. Elmo's Fire for millennials."

"Pitoniak's inspired debut centers on two recent college grads who move to New York City together during the 2008 recession and watch their relationship change drastically."—InStyle

"[The Futures] is about a couple that moves to New York after college. Just like everyone else, the love/hate relationship with this town is real. Either this book will have me canceling my return ticket, or falling in love with the city all over again."—
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316451703
ISBN-10: 0316451703
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: May 21st, 2019
Pages: 352