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Starred Review. In this wildly funny debut from former ad man Ferris, a group of copywriters and designers at a Chicago ad agency face layoffs at the end of the '90s boom. Indignation rises over the rightful owner of a particularly coveted chair ("We felt deceived"). Gonzo e-mailer Tom Mota quotes Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the midst of his tirades, desperately trying to retain a shred of integrity at a job that requires a ruthless attention to what will make people buy things. Jealousy toward the aloof and "inscrutable" middle manager Joe Pope spins out of control. Copywriter Chris Yop secretly returns to the office after he's laid off to prove his worth. Rumors that supervisor Lynn Mason has breast cancer inspire blood lust, remorse, compassion. Ferris has the downward-spiraling office down cold, and his use of the narrative "we" brilliantly conveys the collective fear, pettiness, idiocy and also humanity of high-level office drones as anxiety rises to a fever pitch. Only once does Ferris shift from the first person plural (for an extended fugue on Lynn's realization that she may be ill), and the perspective feels natural throughout. At once delightfully freakish and entirely credible, Ferris's cast makes a real impression. (Mar.)
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Outstanding, hugely satisfying, exceptionally well-executed ... An incisive, urgent, funny and snappily written novel Sunday Times Magazine As impressively confident as Donna Tartt's The Secret History and as technically dazzling as Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections ... Exceptional, funny, radical Telegraph Brilliant, funny, stomach-turningly accurate ObserverSee all Product Description
This book looks like it would be a fun read, while the book has funny moments, it is anything but a fun read. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2012 by LC
A book that is deeper, truer and more profound than I think it realises itself. The book shuffles between two modes: funny office humour, and scenes that may best be described as... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2008 by dannotstan
I picked this book up without ever having heard of it or the author before. It was actually the reviews that are plastered all over the book that caught my eye. Read morePublished on July 23 2008 by Lyra Tallis
I picked this up, thinking it was basically 'The Office' in book form.
Ultimately, you don't really care what happens to any of the characters and I... Read more