Author(s): Joshua Ferris
'He reflected in future retrospect on the evening and foretold every gesture, every word. "I can't do it," he said. "I can predict everything that will happen from the moment they arrive to the little kiss on the cheek goodbye and I just can't goddamn do it."' The Dinner Party immerses us in the comic and strange realities of modern life, as we journey through the lives of the unlovable, the unloved, and those who love too much: Jack, who nervously tries to befriend the surly removal man by buying him a latte and a croissant; Sarah, who endlessly imagines how her evening would have been better had she only chosen a different restaurant; Joe, who spends a night alone at the office and surreptitiously starts to rearrange his colleagues' belongings. These are stories about the infinite possibilities of a person's life, from an agonizingly funny and original writer.
Enormously impressive: profoundly and humanely engaged with the mysteries of belief and disbelief ... dismayingly funny in the way that only really serious books can be -- Guardian on 'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour' Joshua Ferris has proved his astonishing ability to spin gold from ordinary air ... As brave and adept as any writer out there -- New York Times Book Review on 'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour' Compelling but never cheap, inventive but never obscure ... Ferris has secured his status as exactly the sort of mainstream literary novelist American fiction needs -- Independent on Sunday on 'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour'
Joshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He is the author of Then We Came to the End (2007), which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and the highly acclaimed The Unnamed. In 2010 he was selected for the New Yorker's prestigious '20 under 40' list. In 2014 To Rise Again at a Decent Hour won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in upstate New York.