November 8, 1974 |
Joshua Ferris (born 1974) is an American author best known for his debut 2007 novel Then We Came to the End. The book is a comedy about the American workplace, told in the first-person plural (Revealed at the end of the book to have been written in second-person plural). It takes place in a fictitious Chicago ad agency that is experiencing a downturn at the end of the '90s Internet boom.
Joshua Ferris graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in English and Philosophy in 1996. He then moved to Chicago and worked in advertising for several years before obtaining an MFA in writing from UC Irvine. His first published story, "Mrs. Blue", appeared in the Iowa Review in 1999. Then We Came to the End has been greeted by positive reviews from The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Esquire, and Slate, has been published in twenty-five languages, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and received the 2007 PEN/Hemingway Award.
The New Yorker published a short story written by Ferris, entitled "The Dinner Party", in August 2008. This story made him a nominee for the Shirley Jackson Awards. Another story, entitled "A Night Out", will be published in Tin House's tenth anniversary issue. Other short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices 2007 and New Stories from the South 2007. His nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies State by State and Heavy Rotation. The New Yorker included him in their 2010 "20 Under 40" list.
Joshua Ferris lives in New York.
- "Mrs. Blue", Iowa Review 29.2 (Fall 1999)
- "Ghost Town Choir", Prairie Schooner 80.3 (Fall 2006)
- "It Would Be Life--", Phoebe (2007)
- "Uncertainty", Tin House 34 (Winter 2007)
- "More Afraid of You", Granta 101 (Spring 2008)
- "The Dinner Party", The New Yorker, 11 Aug 2008
- "The Valetudinarian", The New Yorker, 3 Aug 2009
- "A Night Out", Tin House 40 (10th Anniversary Issue)
- "The Unnamed", Granta 109 (Winter 2009)] [novel excerpt]
- "The Pilot", The New Yorker, June 14 & 21, 2010
- "The Fragments", The New Yorker, April 29, 2013
- "The Breeze", The New Yorker, September 30, 2013
- Penguin Books interview (01/2008)
- Powell's Books interview (02/2007)
- Pop Entertainment interview (05/2007)
- New York Times book review (03/2007)
- Guardian Joshua Ferris excerpt (04/2007)
- NPR Radio Interview on Fresh Air
- Guardian Writers' Rooms
- Joshua Ferris on work in American fiction
- The Dinner Party - short story
- Joshua Ferris on David Foster Wallace