Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
A Novel

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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.
 

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 March 1, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 417 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This debut novel about life in a Chicago advertising agency succeeds as both a wickedly incisive satire of office groupthink and a surprisingly moving meditation on mortality and the ties that band.

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The New York Times

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(Here again, Ferris is smart enough to put his most persuasive rants in the mouth of a character who may well be dangerously crazy.) But work — even, or especially, useless work — can also offer purpose and meaning, as when Lynn Mason, dreading her impending surgery, drives to her office in the m...

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The Guardian

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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris Viking £14.99, pp387 America, that country's favourite myth insists, was built by the individual: the 'calm, mature' man praised by de Tocqueville;

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The Guardian

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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 385pp, Viking, £14.99 In Mike Judge's 1999 film Office Space, the main character, Peter, is called in by management to account for his time and prove that he is an efficient, productive, unlayoffable team member.

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BC Books

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But when when Tom Mota, office prankster and wild man, and then Chris Yop, office hippy, do the walk, the core of group begins to be stripped away.

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BC Books

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Anyone currently undergoing the nine-to-five workaday monotony interspersed as it is with gossip, office romance, pranks and coffee break after coffee break — or who has escaped such routine and left with "visceral, rich memories of dull, interminable hours" — should find many resonating moments,...

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Examiner

Like an employee starting a new job, Ferris has trained his readers as a supervisor might train a new hire.

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Book Reporter

Novels are usually written as an escape.

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Entertainment Weekly

The flip side to Ferris' cutting humor is an almost unremitting sadness: All the characters' lives are bleak, so perhaps it's no wonder they try to cheer themselves by sending ''poopie'' e-mails and wrapping offices in biohazard tape.

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Pajiba

How my one co-worker used to buy everyone food, and how we had Smiths dance parties when everyone else left the office.

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Slate

And of course now I know that this best friend you mentioned is the same best friend to whom you’ve dedicated To Rise Again—and I know that questions of faith and identity have been on your mind for a long time.

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About.com

Ferris imbues his characters with the foibles and frailties of everyday people, not unlike the people you're working with right now;

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London Review of Books

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Bookmarks Magazine

Ethan Rutherford Atlanta Jrnl-Constitution 4 of 5 Stars "If Ferris had written only about the petty, childish nature of office life, he might have turned out a funny but forgettable book.

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Oprah.com

Ferris focuses on the near insanity of daily office experience: fantastic maneuverings to acquire a better chair, photocopying entire books to read at one's desk in lieu of work, surreptitious Internet porn adventures—relief from days punctuated by boredom, resentment, and absurdity.

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