Then We Came to the End

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.

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

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 reactionEdit

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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