This wickedly funny, big-hearted novel about life in the office signals the arrival of a gloriously talented writer.
The characters in Then We Came to the End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. By day they compete for the best office furniture left behind and try to make sense of the mysterious pro-bono ad campaign that is their only remaining "work."
About the Author
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.
"Ten years later, [the book] still speaks with urgency, charm, and a dose of mordant humor."—Bill Tipper, Barnes & Noble Review
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."—Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times