The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

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He was going to lose the house and everything in it.


The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would


lose his family. He stood inside the house and took stock. Everything in it had been taken for granted. How had that happened again? He had promised himself not to take anything for granted and now he couldn't recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday.


Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.

He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.

THE UNNAMED is a dazzling novel about a marriage and a family and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both. It is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.
 

About Joshua Ferris

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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.
 
Published January 15, 2010 by Reagan Arthur Books. 327 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The unaccountably restless main character in Joshua Ferris’s second novel can’t stop walking — a condition that leads him into crisis, and Mr. Ferris into authorial overkill.

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The New York Times

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In Joshua Ferris’s second novel, a successful Manhattan trial attorney is afflicted with an uncontrollable compulsion to leave his desk and trek for miles.

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The Guardian

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His recurrence coincides with an important case: one RH Hobbs, whose private equity firm gives Tim's partners a lot of profitable business, stands accused of murdering his wife, and it's Tim's job to get him off.

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BC Books

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How do you deal with a medical condition when it doesn't even have a name?

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The Wall Street Journal

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His second fiction outing, "The Unnamed," is a far darker, even apocalyptic, portrait of a bourgeois couple, Tim and Jane Farnsworth, whose plush life is built on the wealth and power provided by Tim's partnership in a prestigious New York law firm.

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New York Journal of Books

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The condition—which the medical establishment does not want to label a disease (Tim being the only person on record affected by it)—goes into remission twice enabling Tim to resume his work.

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AV Club

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The latest from the author of the bestselling office novel Then We Came To The End drops the unusual voice in favor of an unusual premise.

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Entertainment Weekly

The premise of Joshua Ferris' sophomore novel, .

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The Telegraph

The walking is just walking, much as it is in those .

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Dallas News

By SHAWNA SEED / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Shawna Seed is a writer in Silver Spring, Md.

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Pajiba

Tim himself moves further and further away from sympathetic in the second half of the novel, even devolving into semi-psychotic rants about God and the nature of freedom, lending evidence to the idea that his disease is mental, but then also talks about how he can fight the disease at times as th...

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