Thursday, January 23, 2014
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
Here’s the thing: you can follow a daily algorithm -- from home to work to play and back. But what if these neat compartments don’t together amount to an all-encompassing “everything?” This is precisely the question that haunts dentist Paul O’Rourke. When an online alter-ego masquerades as Paul, it upends his life philosophy. The story loses some of its punch when it wades into murky waters but Joshua Ferris’s pitch-perfect ear for dialog and trademark humor shine. As Paul looks for resonance in all the “noise,” you realize: if there was ever a story for our times, this is it.
A longer review of this book will be published at mostlyfiction.com. Thank you to the publishers for an ARC.