To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

A Novel
By Joshua Ferris (Audiobook, 2014)
A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning, by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation

Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he's a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself.

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.
  • Hachette Audio
    • Format: Audiobook

    • Price: $30.00 US/$33.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781478953029

    • On Sale Date: 05/13/2014

    • Publisher: Hachette Audio

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A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning, by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation

Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he's a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself.

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's first novel, Then We Came to the End, has been translated into 24 languages. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Voices. Ferris was chosen for the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers in 2010. 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 ).

  • "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 ).

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

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

  • "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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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $30.00 US/$33.00 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 600
  • ISBN-13: 9781478953029
  • On Sale Date: 05/13/2014
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour