Welcome to our October book discussion. This month we will discuss the acclaimed debut novel by Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End. Questions and observations will be posted a few times a week, and your responses are greatly appreciated.
One could argue that Then We Came to the End (TWCCTE) is written in the tradition of other “office novels.” For me, it brought to mind the work of Douglas Coupland – Shampoo Planet, Microserfs, and sections of Generation X. Critics have compared TWCCTE to Americana by Don DeLillo, and in fact the title of TWCCTE is taken directly from Americana, Delillo's own debut novel.
Have you read other "office literature," and how did the experience of reading this book compare? How is Then We Came to the End similar to these other novels? How is it different?