The Dinner Party: Stories by Joshua FerrisThe Dinner Party: Stories by Joshua Ferris

The Dinner Party: Stories

byJoshua Ferris

Hardcover | May 2, 2017

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One of the most anticipated books of 2017--New York Magazine,The Washington Post, New York Observer, The Millions, Book Riot's "All the Books" Podcast, and Fuse

The first collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed, prize-winning author ofTo Rise Again at a Decent Hour.

These eleven stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published inThe New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The modern tribulations of marriage, ambition, and the fear of missing out as the temptations flow like wine and the minutes of life tick down are explored with the characteristic wit and insight that have made Ferris one of our most critically acclaimed novelists.

Each of these stories burrows deep into the often awkward and hilarious misunderstandings that pass between strangers and lovers alike, and that turn ordinary lives upside down. Ferris shows to what lengths we mortals go to coax human meaning from our very modest time on earth, an effort that skews ever-more desperately in the direction of redemption. There's Arty Groys, the Florida retiree whose birthday celebration involves pizza, a prostitute, and a life-saving heart attack. There's Sarah, the Brooklynite whose shape-shifting existential dilemma is set in motion by a simple spring breeze. And there's Jack, a man so warped by past experience that he's incapable of having a normal social interaction with the man he hires to help him move out of storage.

The stories inThe Dinner Partyare about lives changed forever when the reckless gives way to possibility and the ordinary cedes ground to mystery. And each one confirms Ferris's reputation as one of the most dazzlingly talented, deeply humane writers at work today.

Joshua Ferris is the bestselling author of three novels,Then We Came to the End,The UnnamedandTo Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Priz...
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Title:The Dinner Party: StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031646595X

ISBN - 13:9780316465953

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"With almost Pynchon-esque complexity, Ferris melds conspiracy and questions of faith in an entertaining way...Full of life's rough edges, the book resists a neat conclusion, favoring instead a simple scene that is comic perfection... Smart, sad, hilarious and eloquent, this shows a writer at the top of his game and surpassing the promise of his celebrated debut."-Kirkus (Starred Review)