Then We Came to the End

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Then We Came to the End
First US edition with image of Post-it notes
AuthorJoshua Ferris
CountryUnited States
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Publication date
March 1, 2007
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages400 pp (HB 1st edition)
813/.6 22
LC ClassPS3606.E774 T47 2007

Then We Came to the End is the first novel by Joshua Ferris. It was released by Little, Brown and Company on March 1, 2007. A satire of the American workplace, it is similar in tone to Don DeLillo's Americana, even borrowing DeLillo's first line for its title.

It takes place in a Chicago advertising agency that is experiencing a downturn at the end of the 1990s Internet boom. Ferris employs a first-person-plural narrative.

Critical reaction[edit]

The book was greeted with positive reviews from GQ,[1] The New Yorker,[2] Esquire,[3] and Slate.[4] The book was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by The New York Times.[5]

Time magazine's Lev Grossman named it one of the Top 10 Fiction Books of 2007, ranking it at #2.[6][7]

The book also won the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel.


  1. ^ Lieberstein, Paul (March 2007). "The Only Business Book You Need This Year". GQ. Vol. 77 no. 3. p. 206.
  2. ^ "Briefly Noted: Then We Came to the End";; March 26, 2007.
  3. ^ "The Leisure Meter". Esquire. Vol. 147 no. 3. March 2007. p. 68.
  4. ^ O'Rourke, Meghan; "Hell Is Other Cubicles: Joshua Ferris' new novel about work, the great American pastime.";; March 8, 2007.
  5. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2007"; The New York Times; December 9, 2007.
  6. ^ Grossman, Lev; "The 10 Best Fiction Books"; Time magazine; December 24, 2007; Pages 44 - 45.
  7. ^ Grossman, Lev; Top 10 Fiction Books;

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