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 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… 2007-03-01 Fiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

Then We Came to the End (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 01, 2007; Writer: Joshua Ferris; Genre: Fiction; 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 Feb 23, 2007 Published in issue #923 Mar 02, 2007 Order article reprints
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