Winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize
Finalist for the Man Booker Prize
Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award



"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is beautifully written. It's also funny, thought-provoking, and touching. One hesitates to call it the Catch-22 of dentistry, but it's sort of in that ballpark. Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author's invention and unique view of the world. This is one of those books."  — Stephen King

“To read a Joshua Ferris novel is to stare at the gaping emptiness just below the surface of modern life—and, quite often, laugh.” – The Millions

“…so tremendously good, so genuinely accomplished and ruefully funny…” – Chicago Tribune

“When reading a Joshua Ferris novel, it is best to suspend disbelief at the unlikely narrative and relax into his geek-smart prose and wry humour….Mr Ferris manages to mock the hyper-connected modern world, with people constantly on their “me machines” (mobile phones), while also deconstructing the foundations of religion.” – The Economist

enormously impressive: profoundly and humanely engaged with the mysteries of belief and disbelief, linguistically agile and wrongfooting, and dismayingly funny in the way that only really serious books can be.” The Guardian

“It’s a pleasure watching this young writer confidently range from the registers of broad punchline comedy to genuine spiritual depth. The complimentary notes of absurdity, alienation and longing read like Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller customized for the 21st century.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Joshua Ferris…(doubt not!) remains as brave and adept as any writer out there.” – The New York Times Book Review

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour showcases the wit, intelligence and keen eye for workplace absurdity the author displayed to such great effect in his first novel, "Then We Came to the End." … Familiar to fans of Don DeLillo, Walker Percy, and most of all, Joseph Heller.” – Newsday

“In a world full of believers, smartphone obsessives and social media website joiners, what’s a lonesome doubter to do? Well, such a person can read this quirky, thoughtful book, for one thing, and find a kindred spirit in O’Rourke.” – Dallas Morning News

 “Ferris’s writing is so fresh and mordant – a comedian’s sense of timing mixed with a social critic’s knack for shaking the bushes – that he manages to tackle religion and technology without robbing his readers of the clever incidentals of a man who cleans mouths for a living.” – Interview Magazine

“O’Rourke’s desire to be “connected” – physically, not just digitally – to a stable family is authentic and, though sometimes crazed, affecting.” – The Daily Beast

“…an engrossing and hilariously bleak novel about a dentist being shook out of his comfortable atheism.” – Boston Globe

“…a novel that raises questions about meaning and belonging, even if the only answer is that we will never know.” – LA Times

 “….a killer new novel about online identity theft.” – Details Magazine

Ferris' genius shows itself in small observations that are both precise and whimsical, and which bloom into larger reflections about life and existence in the 21st century….what is good here is so tremendously good, so genuinely accomplished and ruefully funny…”- Chicago Tribune

“…both charming and hilarious…Ferris has written an arresting novel…a playfully ironic riff on how a man can come to know himself…the cumulative effect of the novel tugs the heart just as surely as it sparks the mind.” – The Houston Chronicle

“…thanks to the faith Ferris has in the sincerity of his character’s journey, you find yourself rooting for Paul to find his way.” – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Ferris’ unique style and witty dialogue will leave you in stitches.” – City Beat

“A brilliant mess of a novel…Ferris spins Paul’s observations and reflections into passages of flashing comedy that sound like a stand-up theologian suffering a nervous breakdown.” – The Washington Post

“Joshua Ferris plumbs the perils of impersonation in To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.” – Vanity Fair

 “A work that adroitly combines brow-furrowing complexity with gut-busting comedy.…this extraordinary work elicits the most satisfying of laughs even when provoking the deepest of thoughts. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is one visit to the dentist that no one should hesitate to take.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Thank the nonexistent gods that Joshua Ferris has a sense of humor…It's a confounding trip for the reader, funny and thought provoking and dry by turns, and it certainly doesn't offer easy answers—but then, any book that promises easy answers is probably lying to you.” – The Portland Mercury

“Anyone who failed to appreciate Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed should be that much more delighted by the astringent wit of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, his caustic book with a deadpan dentist for a narrator and a surprising spiritual bent that struggles forth from the man’s deadpan cynicism.” – Jane Maslin, New York Times Summer Round-Up

“Genuine, funny, tragic and never dull.” -  GQ, 8 Books You Need to Know in May

“…there is this book, To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, and the hope it provides in row after row of wonderful prose, a connection that’s held up as well as any other, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to Twitter: a fine author, a good story, and a reader.” – AV Club

 “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a beguiling novel, one that keeps you laughing right up until the moment you realize you’ve been reading a tragedy all along.” – Las Vegas Weekly

“Ferris’s trademark blend of dark satire and ominous absurdity suits his subject, and his focus on one character allows him to perform a psychological excavation of his subject in conjunction with his examination of modern life…. the result is a stimulating, bittersweet read.” - Huffington Post

“To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a book about midlife crisis, the experience of religious conversion, the struggle to find meaning in everyday life, the yearning for human connection, the awful lure of suicide and the appalling terror of death. It’s a hoot.”-  Financial Times

“Ferris ramps up this unease in his latest novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, which takes on conditions of labor and consciousness in the digital world… To Rise Again at a Decent Hour has both the lack of fixity we feel now, living in parallel with the Internet, and the various voices of the physical world, the thrum at the heart of offices, police stations, bedrooms, and e-mail exchanges.” – Book Forum

“Obscene, inventively hilarious...To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is buoyant with insistent digression, heightening milieu and character development in tandem....” – National Post

“Ferris, who writes some impressively smart and funny riffs… My general reaction to this profound and pudgy novel is summed up by the quote from Job on the epigraph page, “Ha, ha.”” – Seattle Times

“Joshua Ferris’ new novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, is a sharp, existential look at modern life, told through the voice of Paul O’Rourke: a self-absorbed New York dentist wasting his life away in his mid-30s…Fans of Ferris’ previous work will find the same wry humor, the same sense of the absurd, the same search for feeling in a Novocain world” - Times Dispatch

“Pure pleasure. Striking insights about things big and small: the human mouth, the idea of a soul, the importance of flossing, the persistence of hope in the midst of suffering…” ­– Pop Matters

“Now on his third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Ferris continues to earn his place among well-respected contemporary writers…” – Austin Chronicle

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour belongs in the territory of The Unnamed, the territory of Beckett, or perhaps of the suicide-obsessed Thomas Bernhard, whose monologuists are as arrogant as Sorkin’s but who have no place in any community.” – Los Angeles Review of Books

“Ferris turns his attention to weightier matters, questions of faith and our need to believe in something greater than ourselves (Paul starts with the Red Sox and finds himself stumbling in the direction of God). We are talking about nothing less than the meaning of life here. The concept is sound, and the ambition admirable: Ferris, who also wrote the novel The Unnamed and was chosen as one of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers in 2010, is adept at conveying the desperation and frustrations of contemporary life.” – Miami Herald

“Ferris is a writer who can draw emotion out of the way he spins one mere sentence…The book feels like a Woody Allen movie — a stream of jokes, blunders, and comic set-ups all in service of some real questions about what it means to believe in something” Flavorwire

“This novel follows the life of Paul O'Rourke, a man of many contradictions (i.e., a dentist who smokes), as someone begins to impersonate him online—and pretty well, creepily enough. It considers the real versus the virtual aspects of everyday life, and the absurdity of both.” – Time Out Chicago

“To Rise Again At A Decent Hour has the immediacy and the trenchant satire of a brilliant stand-up routine as well as the big ideas and the in-depth research of a brilliant academic paper.” Daily Express (UK)

“No one likes a trip to the dentist. Now a story about a dental visit — those, everyone can enjoy.” – Mashable

Ferris is an exceptionally talented New York writer, with his own peculiar vision. …This is fierce, pithy, unforgiving satire, taking a sledgehammer to all-American cracker-barrel homeliness. Its comic energy is fuelled by disgust and exasperation, in the tradition of Roth and Heller and John Kennedy O’Toole…But Ferris is also a dab hand at more delicate humour, every bit as contemporary.” Daily Mail (UK)

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour finds a way to reconcile his talent and his ambition. Compelling but never cheap, inventive but never obscure… he has secured his status as exactly the sort of mainstream literary novelist American fiction needs.” The Independent (UK)

“Smart, sad, hilarious and eloquent, this shows a writer at the top of his game and surpassing the promise of his celebrated debut.” – Kirkus (starred review)

“The protagonist’s sharp inner dialogues are laugh-out-loud hilarious, combining Woody Allen’s New York nihilism with an Ivy League vocabulary…Ferris’ unique voice shines.” – Booklist

“This is a strange premise, to be sure, but it works. And–praise the lord and pass the ammunition–it’s not another novel about how the internet is scary (Dave Eggers, I am looking at you). It’s about how we are connected (or not) and how we yearn for connection. Bonus points to Ferris for concocting a fake religion that sounded so real I had to Google it.” – Book Riot

“In seizing upon both the transitory oddities of contemporary life and our enduring search for meaning, Joshua Ferris has created a winning modern parable….. Ferris is a gifted satirist with a tender heart, and if he continues to find targets as worthy as the ones he skewers here, his work should amuse and enlighten us for many years to come.” – Shelf Awareness

“As in his earlier novels, Ferris is both laugh-out-loud funny and even profound, often on the same page. Paul’s self-absorption can be wearying at times, but his journey to self-awareness is designed to be both amusing and thought provoking, allowing readers to take their own existential ride.” –Bookpage

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a critique and sonnet to the modern human… Ferris ambitiously takes on the big questions regarding life and truth, leaving us a novel which acts as an answer with which we might be satisfied, if but for a little while.” – BookPeople

“…should make readers stay up late and book club meetings last well beyond their allotted time.” – Library Journal “Voice in Fiction”

“The more I read Ferris, the more I’ve decided he’s a genius. I’m not saying this book is that easy or comfortable to read—the analogy to sitting in a dentist chair actually rings true—but for folks who are looking for a good intellectual read, it’s absolutely worth it.” – Boswell and Books

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