Top Shelf in May: TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR: A Sonnet to the Modern Human

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Top Shelf in May: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
Reviewed by Ben

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is Ferris’ third novel. His debut, Then We Came to the End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. The same year his second novel, The Unnamed, was released, Ferris was also chosen as one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” list of fiction writers. Needless to say, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour was a much anticipated book indeed. I had first read Joshua Ferris’ short story, The Dinner Party, in The New Yorker before any of his novels. The story floored me with the cleanliness of its prose, how Ferris diagnosed the ailments of modern society in a way more consistent with a therapist or philosopher than a writer…

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