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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Blurb from the back of the book;

They spend their days – and too many of their nights – at work. Away from friends and family, they share a stretch of stained carpet with a group of strangers they call colleagues.

There’s Chris Yop, who is clinging to his ergonomic chair; Lynn Mason, the boss, whose breast cancer everyone pretends not to talk about; Carl Garbedian, secretly taking someone else’s medication; Marcia Dwyer, whose hair is stuck in the eighties; and Benny, who’s just – well just Benny. Amidst the boredom, redundancies, water-cooler moments, meetings, flirtations and pure rage, life is happening, to their great surprise, all around them.

Then We Came to the End is about sitting all morning next to someone you cross the road to avoid at lunch. It’s the story of your life, and mine.

Interesting and unusual book written as though you are part of an office crowd, except for a small part in the middle. I recognised the office politics and the range of characters who could be found in any work setting. The book is tinged with stress and sadness and the impact on the individals as lay offs underpin everything. My favourite character is Benny Shassburger who is the master of well told stories and likes an audience. A very well crafted book both humorous and poignantly sad which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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