BOOK REVIEW: THEN WE CAME TO THE END
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BY JOSHUA FERRIS
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What happens in an office when the employees find out that the company is being downsized? Each one is waiting on edge to find out who is "getting fired" next. The terminations are done with no warning and no reason as to why each one is getting the "ax".
If anyone has ever worked in an office, they will relate to this book very well. Just think of all the office gossip that took place especially around the water cooler, during coffee breaks and in the bathroom - and all of this happened when your company was not even being downsized!
As the terminations start to take place, there is much discussion in the office about an employee who was let go and the staff wondered if he would come back for some kind of revenge. There were many rumors going around that their supervisor was dying from breast cancer. Then there are the office romances, the pranks and competing for the best office furniture left behind.
What happens to the characters as the downsizing continues?
This is the debut novel for Joshua Ferris. He has written a very clever story that is funny and sad at the same time. It makes you wonder just how permanent your job could be. Tomorrow it could be gone! This novel is done in a narrative form using "we" when talking about the office. The narrator is not named. The book is loaded with great quirky characters that help drive the story through to the conclusion. This is a wonderful novel about work relationships and I highly recommend this one to the readers. You will enjoy reading this very entertaining book.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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