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Joshua Ferris

Born: 1974 in Danville, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: He was born in Danville, Illinois and went to high school in Downers Grove.

Biography: Joshua Ferris is a writer. In 1998, he was an adverstising staff member at Davis Harrison Dion, in Chicago. He also worked for Draft Worldwide before leaving Chicago for California to participate in the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. Ferris currently resides in New York.His book, ''Then We Came to the End'', has been translated into 24 languages. His fiction has appeared in ''The New Yorker'', ''Granta'', ''Best New American Voices'', ''New Stories from the South'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''The Tin House'', ''The Guarian'' and ''The Iowa Review''.

  • ''Then We Came to the End'', won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a National Book Award finalist.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Joshua Ferris on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  The unnamed :
ISBN: 9781607883371 OCLC: 615604357

BBC Audiobooks America, [North Kingstown] : 2010.

Their wealthy lifestyle marred only by a two-time occurrence of a short-lived illness, Tim and Jane Farnsworth are devastated when the illness returns in ways that frighteningly alter Tim's behavior and test Jane's endurance.

The unnamed :
ISBN: 0316034010 OCLC: 316233124

Little, Brown and Co., New York : 2010.

Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.

  Then we came to the end :
ISBN: 9780316473781 OCLC: 985661679

The remaining employees at an office affected by a business downturn spend their time enjoying secret romances, elaborate pranks, and frequent coffee breaks, while trying to make sense of their only remaining work, a mysterious pro-bono ad campaign.

Then we came to the end :
ISBN: 031601639X OCLC: 62679893

Little, Brown and Co., New York : 2007.

No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way : through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. Among coworkers fighting for their jobs and their precious perks: Tom Mota, recently divorced and inexplicably wearing three company polo shirts, one on top of the other, every day; Joe Pope, a workaholic and perpetual victim of office sabotage; Carl Garbedian, whose unchecked depression has led him to "borrow" Janine Gorjanc's medication and black out his windows; Chris Yop, suspected of stealing Tom Mota's chair; and Marcia Dwyer with whom Benny Shassburger is in love, despite her mean streak and badly dated haircut. As one colleague after another is laid off, everyone strikes their best busines-as-usual pose, pretending to make headway on the mysterious pro bono ad campaign that is their only remaining "work". Meanwhile tempers flare, office furniture disappears, and the survivors parse their bosses' decisions in ever-more paranoid sessions at the nearest bar.--Cover.