Then We Came to the End

A Novel
By Joshua Ferris (Trade Paperback, 2008)
No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts.  Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
     With a demon's eye for the details that make life worth noticing, Joshua Ferris tells a true and funny story about survival in life's strangest environment--the one we pretend is normal five days a week.

No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts.  Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
     With a demon's eye for the details that make life worth noticing, Joshua Ferris tells a true and funny story about survival in life's strangest environment--the one we pretend is normal five days a week.

Joshua Ferris's first novel, Then We Came to the End, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a National Book Award finalist. It has been translated into 24 languages. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, Prairie Schooner, and The Iowa Review. He lives in New York.
  • "What looks at first glance like a sweet-tempered satire of workplace culture is revealed upon closer inspection to be a very serious novel about, well, America. It may even be, in its own modest way, a great American novel."  (Los Angeles Times).

  • "Expansive, great-hearted and acidly funny. . . . A perceptive and darkly entertaining novel." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Very funny and impressively observed. . . . Original and inspired."  (Washington Post Book World).

  • "A masterwork of pitch and tone. . . . Ferris brilliantly captures the fishbowl quality of contemporary office life." (The New Yorker).

  • "A charming and sometimes very funny story of worker bees pushed past the brink of boredom....Ferris maintains a wonderfully wry tone and has a fine observational eye for all the absurdities of the modern workplace."  (USA Today).

  • "Fabulous. . . . With the sort of exuberance and energy that marked Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City." (Chicago Tribune).

  • "Not too many authors have written the Great American Office Novel. Joseph Heller did it in Something Happened (the one book of his to rival Catch-22). And Nicholson Baker pulled it off in zanily fastidious fashion in The Mezzanine. To their ranks should be added Joshua Ferris, whose THEN WE CAME TO THE END feels like a readymade classic of the genre. . . . A truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness." (Seattle Times).

  • "Wonderfully comic. . . . A kind of joyous celebration of the possibilities of prose."  (O: The Oprah Magazine).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

  • (Library Journal).

Product Details

Then We Came to the End
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN
  • Pages: 416
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316016391
  • On Sale Date: 02/26/2008
Then We Came to the End

Categories

Genres
Fiction

Sub-Genres
Fiction / General

OpenBookTM

Then We Came to the End