Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again At A Decent Hour

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own is honored to welcome Joshua Ferris, author of The Unnamed, for a reading from his latest novel, To Rise Again At A Decent Hour!

With the publication of his debut novel, National Book Award finalist Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris quickly established himself as a talented new voice. With that novel came a Pen/Hemingway Award, an appearance on the Guardian First Book Award long-list, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and inclusion on the New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of the Year.” Since then, Ferris has written a brilliant follow-up, The Unnamed, published several acclaimed short stories in The New Yorker and Granta, and was deemed one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Now Ferris is back with To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, a book that will further cement his place as a one of the most talented and daring writers at work today.

Paul O’Rourke is a successful Manhattan dentist whose days at the office are punctuated with the outspoken opinions of both his receptionist (and ex-girlfriend) and his hygienist. Although Paul is as attached to his phone (or, as he calls it, his “me machine”) as the next person, he refuses to have a website for his dental practice and spurns social media.

So when a very professional and impressively detailed website for O’Rourke Dental pops up, Paul is naturally curious as to who made it. Then someone begins Tweeting in his name, and a Facebook account appears. Confusing and a little scary, sure, but the most irritating part of this invasion into his life is that the online Paul seems to be an upgraded version of the real thing. As Paul digs deeper into who has taken over his virtual identity, he find himself mired in a place between the real and virtual, between his past and his future, his identity as a loner challenged. Could he want to belong to something bigger? Or, as “Paul 2.0” seems to indicate – does he already?

With To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, readers will find themselves in a world that’s as laugh-out-loud funny as it is provocative. Joshua tackled the workplace in Then We Came to the End, and home life in The Unnamed. WithTo Rise Again At A Decent Hour, he is taking on something larger: the meanings of belief, identity, and community in an
age when those ideas are in a state of constant reinvention.

 Author photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan 

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ISBN: 9780316033978
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 13th, 2014

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Published: Back Bay Books - February 1st, 2008