“We were fractious and overpaid. Our mornings lacked promise. At least those of us who smoked had something to look forward to at ten-fifteen. Most of us liked most everyone, a few of us hated specific individuals, one of two people loved everyone and everything. Those who loved everyone were unanimously reviled.”
So Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris’s sparkling workplace comedy, begins, in an ad agency on a downhill slide. If you’ve ever worked anywhere, at any job, you’ll recognize the petty squabbling, the gossip and the paranoia, the camaraderie and the jealousy that ensnare and beguile us. The story is told in the first-person plural, the collective “we” that Ferris uses to show the group identity of a workplace, and yet it still reveals the messy, imperfect individuals at the heart. It’s funny and universal, and a most delightful read.
“We loved killing time and had perfected several ways of doing so. We wandered the hallways carrying papers that indicated some mission of business when in reality we were in search of free candy. ”