Title Profile & Character Information

Then We Came to the End

Annotation
"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 ad agency Joshua Ferris depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks." "Among the coworkers fighting for their jobs and their precious perks: Tom Mota, recently divorced and inexplicably wearing three company polo shirts, one on top of the other, every day; Joe Pope, a workaholic and perpetual victim of office sabotage; Carl Garbedian, whose unchecked depression has led him to "borrow" Janine Gorjanc's medication and blackout his windows; Chris Yop, suspected of stealing Tom Mota's chair; and Marcla Dwyer, with whom Benny Shassburger is in love, despite her mean streak and badly dated haircut. As one colleague after another is laid off, everyone strikes their best business-as-usual pose, pretending to make headway on the mysterious pro bono ad campaign that is their only remaining "work." Meanwhile tempers flare, office furniture disappears, and the survivors parse their bosses' decisions in ever-more-paranoid sessions at the nearest bar."--BOOK JACKET.

Awards
2008  Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award
2008  L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award
2008  Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
2007  New York Times Editors' Choice
2007  New York Times Notable Books of the Year

Characters
NameMota, Tom
GenderMale
OccupationAdvertising agent

NamePope, Joe
GenderMale
OccupationManager

NameYop, Chris
GenderMale
OccupationAdvertising copywriter

GenreFiction
Humor
Psychological
TopicsWriters
Advertising
Office politics
Secrets
Gossip
Rumors
Pranks
Jealousy
Rivalry
SettingChicago, Illinois