Joshua Ferris

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Joshua Ferris

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Joshua Ferris is the author of novels Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour as well as a story collection, The Dinner Party. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize. He was named one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" writers in 2010. He lives in Hudson, New York with his wife and son.

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Joshua Ferris I had ALS in mind, but a reverse ALS in which the victim wasn't wasted to death but its opposite: made to move, made to walk.
Joshua Ferris Hi Heather. I don't know much about dentists first-hand, beyond my going to one from time to time. But I do find them fascinating, for reasons pretty…moreHi Heather. I don't know much about dentists first-hand, beyond my going to one from time to time. But I do find them fascinating, for reasons pretty well covered in the book. To write about a dentist I just read some things, watched some YouTube videos, and got a couple of dental textbooks to keep me straight. I can't say now what inspired the book's religious plot line, beyond my belief that I wrote the first novel to explore the seductiveness of fake news as disseminated electronically. That's how I prefer the book to be read, anyway, as the gullible encountering the mystical. (less)
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Then We Came to the End

3.46 avg rating — 29,531 ratings — published 2007 — 58 editions
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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

3.08 avg rating — 13,000 ratings — published 2014 — 8 editions
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The Unnamed

3.32 avg rating — 7,979 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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The Dinner Party and Other ...

3.46 avg rating — 1,721 ratings — published 2017 — 16 editions
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The Abandonment

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3.53 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2016
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The Breeze

3.80 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2013
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Good Legs

3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2014
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The Fragments

3.57 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2013
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Walking Spanish Down the Hall

3.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2003
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Open space

it was ok 2.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2007
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January 2010, Joshua Ferris
"Is this an on-the-road novel? Not in the Kerouac sense. But it sure feels like the narrator clocks as many miles wandering around his Scandinavian town as Sal Paradise does throughout all America." ...More

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“All broken hearts are circumstantial. Every lovelorn jerk is the victim of bad timing, good intentions, and someone else’s poor decision making.”
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End

“I know what to do with my life. I just don't know what to do with this one night.”
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End

“Yet for all the depression no one ever quit. When someone quit, we couldn't believe it. 'I'm becoming a rafting instructor on the Colorado River,' they said. 'I'm touring college towns with my garage band.' We were dumbfounded. It was like they were from another planet. Where had they found the derring-do? What would they do about car payments? We got together for going away drinks on their final day and tried to hide our envy while reminding ourselves that we still had the freedom and luxury to shop indiscriminately.”
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