Then We Came to the End
Then We Came to the End:
by Joshua Ferris
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"We were fractious and overpaid. Our mornings lacked promise. At least those of us who smoked had something to look forward to at ten-fifteen. . . . We thought moving to India might be better, or going back to nursing school. Doing something with the handicapped or working with our hands." So begins Joshua Ferris's much-anticipated debut novel, Then We Came to the End, an amusing satire about a collection of artists and writers working at a downsizing ad agency. As the first Internet boom wanes, they fumble to devise a series of pro bono advertisements for a breast-cancer organization (which may be a front) under the direction of their inscrutable boss (who may have the disease).
It's an impossible project, they tell us by way of group narration, a clever use of the first-person plural. Similar to Kate Walbert's
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