To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris explores the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning.

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let… (more)

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour isn't just one of the best novels of the year, it's one of the funniest, and most unexpectedly profound, works of fiction in a very long time.

You start out amused by and invested in Paul’s journey but end up dissatisfied, looking for something to fill that book-shaped hole in your own life.

This is a downer of a story made exhilarating by Ferris' wickedly dark humor and keen intelligence.


Book Details  


Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 13, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9780316329132

File size: 1.7 MB

Language: English

Awards: Dylan Thomas Prize 2014 winner


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