Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he's a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name.
"Engaging and surprisingly moving book."
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 Chicago ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best. The characters in Then We Came to an End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
In Safety Tips for Living Alone, Jim Shepard weaves the stories of four families whose lives are upended when the men go to work on a dangerous and isolated surveillance platform off the coast of Long Island. After working his way up to captain, career serviceman Gordon Phelan is offered the command of Texas Tower 4--a wobbly "box over the ocean".
Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life.
"Sad, tender, brilliantly clever"
Paul O'Rourke is a man out of touch with modern life. While his dental practice occupies his days, his nights are filled with darker thoughts, as he alternately marvels at and rails against the optimism of the rest of humanity. So it goes, until someone begins to impersonate Paul online. What began as an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something far more soul-frightening: the possibility that the virtual 'Paul' might be a better version…
Then We Came to the End is about how we spend our days and too many of our nights. It is about being away from friends and family, about sharing a stretch of stained carpet with a group of strangers we call colleagues.
"and the Oscar for narration goes to..."
20 Under 40", by The Editors of The New Yorker; The Pilot", by Joshua Ferris; "The Entire Northern Side Was Covered with Fire", by Rivka Galchen; "Dayward", by ZZ Packer; and "Here We Aren’t, So Quickly", by Jonathan Safran Foer....
Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, ageing with the grace of a matinée idol. He loves his work. He loves his family. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out on all of it. He cannot stop walking....
"Effects of an incurable non -lethal ailment ."
Tim Farnsworth liebt seine Familie, sein Haus und seine Arbeit. Und doch steht er eines Tages auf und geht fort...
"Changing Lanes", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Purpose-Drive Hype", by Lauren Collins; "Superbugs", by Jerome Groopman; "The Strawberry Girls", by Anne Hull; "The Dinner Party", by Joshua Ferris; "USA Today", by Nancy Franklin.