♥ Book Title : Then We Came to the End
☯ Full Synopsis : "Joshua Ferris's Then We Came to the End is one of the most acutely observed, dazzling American debuts of recent years. They spend their days - and too many of their nights - at work. Away from friends and family, they share a stretch of stained carpet with a group of strangers they call colleagues. There's Chris Yop, clinging to his ergonomic chair; Lynn Mason, the boss, whose breast cancer everyone pretends not to talk about; Carl Garbedian, secretly taking someone else's medication; Marcia Dwyer, whose hair is stuck in the eighties; and Benny, who's just - well, just Benny. Amidst the boredom, redundancies, water cooler moments, meetings, flirtations and pure rage, life is happening, to their great surprise, all around them. Then We Came to the End is about sitting all morning next to someone you cross the road to avoid at lunch. It's the story of your life and mine. 'Very funny, intense and exhilarating . . . For the first time in fiction, it has truly captured the way we work' The Times 'As dazzling as Franzen's The Corrections and as confident as Tartt's The Secret History . . . Exceptional, very funny' Daily Telegraph 'Slick, sophisticated and very funny, Ferris's cracking debut has modern Everyman fighting for his identity in an increasingly impersonal world' Daily Mail 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 acclaimedThe Unnamed. In 2010 he was selected for the New Yorker's prestigious '20 under 40' list. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014. He lives in New York."Article| Joshua Ferris| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Dinner Party
☯ Full Synopsis : "The first collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed, prize winning author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. Few writers encapsulate the deeply felt yearnings, heartbreaking absurdity, and redemptive humor of life quite like Joshua Ferris. Full of the keenly observed, mordant wit that characterizes his beloved, award-winning novels, the stories in THE DINNER PARTY are about people searching for answers in the aftermath of life's emotional fissures--those abrupt, sometimes violent, moments that change lives forever. From a disastrous gathering that exposes the cracks in a seemingly solid relationship, to a retired widower looking for connection in all the wrong places, to a man pathologically incapable of having a normal social interaction with his mover, these hilarious and profound stories confirm Ferris's stature as one of our most dazzingly talented contemporary authors."Article| Joshua Ferris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
☯ Full Synopsis : "Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris explores the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning. Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual. At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force."Article| Joshua Ferris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Unnamed
☯ Full Synopsis : "Joshua Ferris's The Unnamed has been hailed as 'the first great book of the decade' (GQ). In an America gone awry with strange weather, New York lawyer Tim Farnsworth suffers a peculiar affliction: the inability to stop walking. While his wife, Jane, struggles to keep their family together in the face of the unfathomable, Tim alone must battle to survive pitiless surroundings, encounters with hostile strangers, and the unrelenting demands of his own body. These challenges force Tim to ask life's most pressing questions, which he answers in a final return on foot across country to reunite with his wife and daughter. Stripped of all defences, and the sense of hope that lies at the very heart of the American dream, Farnsworth is compelled to confront the terrifying reality of what it is to be a human being. 'A writer almost uniquely in tune with modern life . . . Ferris's flashes of brilliance are many' Evening Standard 'Original, affecting. An almost unbearable love story, between remissions of intense connection and the human inevitability of parting, between the haven of marriage and all that lies beyond' Observer 'A stunner, an unnerving portrait of a man stripped of civilization's defenses' New Yorker 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. His most recent novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014. He lives in New York."Article| Joshua Ferris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Zero K
☯ Full Synopsis : "Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire with a younger wife, Artis, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a secret compound where death is controlled until new technologies will offer to return the patients to life. Jeffrey grapples with Artis's choice to enter the compound, instead of embracing the life she has left."Article| Don DeLillo| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Tin House
☯ Full Synopsis : "A compelling anthology of works from the renowned literary journal Tin House presents new stories, essays, poetry, author interviews, profiles, and other works by Joshua Ferris, Pulitzer Prize finalist Bruce Smith, PEN/Hemingway winner Yiyun Li, and other notable authors. Original."Article| Win McCormack| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Dinner Party
☯ Full Synopsis : "'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."Article| Joshua Ferris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Book of Aron
☯ Full Synopsis : "The acclaimed National Book Award finalist—“one of the United States’ finest writers,” according to Joshua Ferris, “full of wit, humanity, and fearless curiosity”—now gives us a novel that will join the short list of classics about children caught up in the Holocaust. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution. He and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by scuttling around the ghetto to smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of keeping their fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police, not to mention the Gestapo. When his family is finally stripped away from him, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a doctor renowned throughout prewar Europe as an advocate of children’s rights who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage. Treblinka awaits them all, but does Aron manage to escape—as his mentor suspected he could—to spread word about the atrocities? Jim Shepard has masterfully made this child’s-eye view of the darkest history mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, truly heartbreaking, and even inspiring. Anyone who hears Aron’s voice will remember it forever. From the Hardcover edition."Article| Jim Shepard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Và thế là chúng ta tiêu
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♥ Book Title : Acordar Outra Vez
☯ Full Synopsis : "Paul O’Rourke — dentista extraordinário, nova-iorquino com uma relação de amor e ódio com a cidade, ateu declarado, um descontente torcedor do Red Sox e apreciador de um bom mocaccino — é um jovem sem contato com a vida moderna. O mundo milimetricamente organizado de Paul sai dos eixos quando alguém começa a se passar por ele na internet. Paul assiste com horror impotente como um site, uma página no Facebook e uma conta no Twitter são criados em seu nome para promover uma religião antiga e pouco conhecida. No entanto, o que começou como uma violação escandalosa de sua privacidade logo se torna algo muito mais profundo e assustador: a possibilidade de que o “Paul virtual” poderia ser uma versão melhor do que o de carne e osso."Article| Joshua Ferris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Up Up, Down Down
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Daring and wise, hilarious and tender, Cheston Knapp's exhilarating collection of seven linked essays, Up Up, Down Down, tackles Big Questions through unlikely avenues. In his dexterous hands, an examination of a local professional wrestling promotion becomes a meditation on pain and his relationship with his father. A profile of UFO enthusiasts ends up probing his history in the church and, more broadly, the nature and limits of faith itself. Attending an adult skateboarding camp launches him into a virtuosic analysis of nostalgia. And the shocking murder of a neighbor blooms into an interrogation of our culture's prevailing ideas about community and the way we tell the stories of our lives. Even more remarkable, perhaps, is the way he manages to find humanity in a dank basement full of frat boys. Taken together, the essays in Up Up, Down Down amount to a chronicle of Knapp's coming-of-age, a young man's journey into adulthood, late-onset as it might appear. He presents us with formative experiences from his childhood to his marriage that echo throughout the collection, and ultimately he tilts at what may be the Biggest Q of them all: What are the hazards of becoming who you are?"--Jacket flap."Article| Cheston Knapp| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Non conosco il tuo nome
☯ Full Synopsis : "Tim è un uomo giovane e attraente, e il passare degli anni sembra avergli donato il fascino luminoso e intenso di un attore di teatro. La moglie Jane conserva intatto il suo amore per lui, e attraverso le piccole difficoltà di ogni giorno il loro matrimonio ha acquisito la forza di un vero legame, complice e sentimentale. Nonostante le lunghe ore passate in ufficio, Tim lavora con passione. È socio di un autorevole studio legale di Manhattan, e ciò che fa è importante per i colleghi e per se stesso. A casa, quando la figlia Becka si nasconde dietro la sua chitarra, con i capelli da rasta e un corpo che non ha ancora superato le rotondità paffute dellinfanzia, Tim riesce sempre a donarle le bugie oneste di un padre, convinto che la figlia sia la ragazza piú bella del mondo. Tim ama sua moglie, la propria famiglia, il lavoro, la sua casa. Ma un giorno Tim si alza ed esce. Esce dalla casa, dalla famiglia, dallufficio, dalla calda dimora degli affetti, dellamore, della sicurezza. Esce e inizia a camminare. Per non fermarsi mai piú. La sua è una malattia che lo spinge a mettersi in marcia senza potersi arrestare, perdendosi nei meandri della città, nelle periferie, nei sobborghi, nelle strade di campagna. Fino a quando, senza forze, come in trance, crolla e si addormenta. Per ritrovarsi privo di memoria in un luogo sconosciuto, e chiamare e implorare la moglie perché lo venga a recuperare. È una malattia senza nome, insinuante, che non lascia scampo. Non ci sono dottori, terapie, cure. Forse non esiste neppure, quella malattia, è solo un desiderio profondo e invincibile: lasciarsi indietro il fulgore soffocante e irresistibile della felicità. Un romanzo di bellezza abbagliante sul matrimonio e sulla famiglia, sulle forze imprevedibili della natura e del desiderio. La storia lancinante e commovente di una vita che si dà per scontata e di quello che accade quando tutto ciò che siamo viene improvvisamente gettato via."Article| Joshua Ferris| Statement ..."