Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Before the Great Recession of 2009, this country suffered through the Dot Com Bubble of 2001. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris explores the effects of this financial crisis on a group of office workers in a Chicago advertising agency. For years these writers had been well-paid for relatively easy work. Now, their workload shrinking, they band together as a group, waiting and watching as each week another co-worker is called into the office and fired. Collectively they are a predatory, seemingly insensitive group: lurking, spying, gossiping and pilfering former co-workers office supplies and furniture. Individually each one is a sympathetic, quirky character with big personal worries. Despite the subject matter, this is a pointedly funny book and an empathetic examination of the foibles of human beings. 

Check out Then We came to the End @ the library!