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Joshua Ferris

USA flag (b.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.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Dinner Party (2017)
Joshua Ferris recommends
Help Wanted (2024)
Adelle Waldman
"In Help Wanted, the tragic heroes of the gig economy, full of dreams and sob stories and what-if scenarios, concoct a plot to better their lives. Yet even as frustrations mount and their plot goes sideways, hope never dies. Adelle Waldman delivers both a brilliant diagnosis and a moving account of retail workers hidden in plain sight all around us, whose full humanity has never been so richly displayed or touchingly rendered."
Wellness (2023)
Nathan Hill
"Nathan Hill has synthesized about a hundred years of that distinctly American delusion called self-improvement, and Wellness is the whip smart and gently comic result. Epic in scope, domestic in scale, it's a book that defies anyone to read it and willingly pick up a dumbbell or worry about counting steps ever again. Hill has released you, America, and his book will leave you not only fortified but amazed."
Whalefall (2023)
Daniel Kraus
"Brave, bold, epic, propulsive. Whalefall is a deeply moving thriller that holds a planet's worth of hope in the pit of its stomach."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Joshua Ferris
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Jennifer Egan
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Richard Russo
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2007 (2007)
(New Stories from the South)
edited by
Edward P Jones

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
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2014) : To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

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