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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joshua Ferris  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1974 in Danville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

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

Biographical and Professional Information

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''.

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Titles At Your Library

Then We Came to the End: A Novel
ISBN: 031601639X

Back Bay Books. 2008

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.
With a demon's eye for the details that make life worth noticing, Joshua Ferris tells a true and funny story about survival in life's strangest environment--the one we pretend is normal five days a week.

The Unnamed
ISBN: 0316034010

Reagan Arthur Books. 2010

He was going to lose the house and everything in it.

The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would lose his family. He stood inside the house and took stock. Everything in it had been taken for granted. How had that happened again? He had promised himself not to take anything for granted and now he couldn't recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday.

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. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.

He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.

THE UNNAMED is a dazzling novel about a marriage and a family and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both. It is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.


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

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