Then We Came to the End

Then We Came to the End

By Joshua Ferris

Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316016391, 385pp.

Publication Date: February 2008

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 the Author
Joshua Ferris est l auteur de deux precedents romans: "Open Space" et "Le Pied Mecanique". Ses nouvelles ont ete publiees par le "New Yorker", Granta, Tin House et "The Best American Short Stories". Le "New Yorker" l a place dans sa liste des meilleurs jeunes auteurs en 2010. Il vit a NewYork.

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Although the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says working in an office is his idea of hell, he admits loving fictional portrayals of the workplace. He talks with Steve Inskeep about some of his favorite literary takes on office life. More at

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