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Joshua Ferris


USA flag (1975 - )

Joshua Ferris's first novel, Then We Came to the End, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was a National Book Award finalist. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Tin House, among others. His new novel, The Unnamed, was published in January 2010. He lives in New York.
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2007) : Then We Came to the End
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book nominee (2008) : Then We Came to the End
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2014) : To Rise Again at a Decent Hour


Joshua Ferris recommends
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Girl Trouble (2009)
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"Jones has a voice as expansive, complex, and beautiful as the country itself."
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The Outside Lands (2016)
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"Outside Lands is a fine and moving portrait of family ties in wartime."
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This Could Hurt (2018)
Jillian Medoff
"All too often, characters in novels live in that rarified novel-world where real-life concerns like jobs and bills and the sudden vital need for a flowchart simply don’t exist. Jillian Medoff remedies this with a refreshingly authentic portrait of corporate America and the varied souls that dream, conspire, flounder and triumph there, and this she does with a great deal of affection and charm. A very enjoyable book."
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Vengeance (2018)
Zachary Lazar
"Zachary Lazar's Vengeance is an elegant act of imagination and empathy that shows just how easily these can curdle, sometimes irretrievably, into skepticism and self-doubt. It's the story of a writer with a haunted past who meets, on a visit to Angola, a prisoner currently serving a life sentence for murder. Does he belong in prison, or is he, as he credibly claims, an innocent man? Or is the truth only ever a matter of speculation and the stories we choose to tell?"

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