To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

A Novel
By Joshua Ferris (Electronic Book, 2014)
A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $12.99 US/$12.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316329132

    • On Sale Date: 05/06/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Joshua Ferris is the author of two previous novels, Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.
  • PRAISE FOR THE UNNAMED:

    "A stunner, an unnerving portrait of a man stripped of civilization's defenses. Ferris's prose is brash, extravagant, and, near the end, chillingly beautiful." (New Yorker ).

  • "Accomplished and daring." (Tod Goldberg, Los Angeles Times).

  • "Spellbinding....The Unnamed unfolds in a hushed, shadowed dimension located somewhere between myth and a David Mamet play." (Laura Miller, Salon.com ).

  • "Audacious, risky, and powerfully bleak, with the author's unflinching artistry its saving grace." (Kirkus (starred review) ).

  • "Arresting, ground-shifting, beautiful and tragic.  This is the book a new generation of writers will answer to.  No one in America writes like this." (Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook ).

  • "A portrait of a couple locked in an extreme version of a familiar conflict--the desire to stay together versus an inexplicable yearning to walk away." (O, The Oprah Magazine ).

  • "Utterly compelling. . . . Ferris brilliantly channels the suburban angst of Yates and Cheever for the new millenium." (Booklist (starred review)).

  • "An astonishing and compelling novel." (VeryShortList.com).

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $12.99 US/$12.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780316329132
  • On Sale Date: 05/06/2014