Then We Came to the End | EW.com

Books

Then We Came to the End In Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris, a former adman, skewers life at a Chicago advertising agency that's downsizing. As they try...Then We Came to the EndFiction In Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris, a former adman, skewers life at a Chicago advertising agency that's downsizing. As they try...2007-02-23Little Brown & Company
B

Then We Came to the End

Genre: Fiction; Author: Joshua Ferris; Status: In Season; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

In Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris, a former adman, skewers life at a Chicago advertising agency that’s downsizing. As they try to avoid being laid off, Ferris’ motley officemates fixate, often hilariously, on furniture, practical jokes, and whether or not their boss does, in fact, have cancer. The flip side to Ferris’ cutting humor is an almost unremitting sadness: All the characters’ lives are bleak, so perhaps it’s no wonder they try to cheer themselves by sending ”poopie” e-mails and wrapping offices in biohazard tape. While amusing, this juvenile sensibility wears thin at 387 pages — I would’ve enjoyed the novel a lot more had it been a hundred pages shorter. B

Originally posted February 23 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

More from Our Partners