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Author: Joshua Ferris Narrator: Chris Kayser, Jennifer Riker, Zach Roe, Nicholas Tecosky Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781478970491
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The first collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed, prize winning author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.

These eleven stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published in the New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The modern tribulations of marriage, ambition, and the fear of missing out as the temptations flow like wine and the minutes of life tick down are explored with the characteristic wit and insight that have made Ferris one of our most critically acclaimed novelists.

Each of these stories burrows deep into the often awkward and hilarious misunderstandings that pass between strangers and lovers alike, and that turn ordinary lives upside down. Ferris shows to what lengths we mortals go to coax human meaning from our very modest time on earth, an effort that skews ever-more desperately in the direction of redemption. There’s Arty Groys, the Florida retiree whose birthday celebration involves pizza, a prostitute, and a life-saving heart attack. There’s Sarah, the Brooklynite whose shape-shifting existential dilemma is set in motion by a simple spring breeze. And there’s Jack, a man so warped by past experience that he’s incapable of having a normal social interaction with the man he hires to help him move out of storage.

The stories in The Dinner Party are about lives changed forever when the reckless gives way to possibility and the ordinary cedes ground to mystery. And each one confirms Ferris’s reputation as one of the most dazzlingly talented, deeply humane writers at work today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ferris is an incisive observer, and his descriptions of even the most quotidian situations are elegant and fresh.”

    USA Today

  • “A magnificent carnival of discord and delusion…Dynamic with speed, yet rich with novelistic density, his stories make The Dinner Party a full-fledged feast, especially for readers with a particular taste for the many flavors of American crazy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In Joshua Ferris’s entertaining collection The Dinner Party, most of the characters are comparatively sane, but no less deliciously ghastly.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Equal parts Cheever and Carver…a strong set of stories about infidelity, jealousy, and neurotic insecurity.”


  • "[Ferris] isn’t merely a master of description, but he’s got a way of telling us everything we need to know about a character with just a few spare words.”

    Seattle Times

  • An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far
  • New York Times Magazine pick
  • Pick of Most Anticipated Books
  • GQ Pick for May
  • A Washington Post Notable Book for 2017
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
  • An NPR Pick for 2017
  • A London Guardian Best Book of the Year for 2017

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About the Author

Joshua Ferris is the bestselling author of several novels, including Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed, and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and he was named one of the New Yorker‘s “20 Under 40” writers in 2010.r He received a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Best New American Voices 2005, and Prairie Schooner.

About the Narrators

Chris Kayser is best known for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge for sixteen years at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. He has previously appeared at AE in Sailing to Byzantium, Thom Pain, Maritius, and Broadsword. He is an Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare, where he has appeared for twenty-three seasons.

Nicholas Tecosky, also known as Douglas Berger, is an actor and writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He cowrote the horror omnibus V/H/S, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and produces the Write Club Atlanta live show and podcast.