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"Our narrator, Paul O’Rourke, is many things. He is an avid Red Sox fan, an inhabitant of New York City, a dentist addicted to his phone and nicotine, and an atheist sympathetic towards the notion of God. The dynamics of Paul’s office and life are disrupted when someone steals his identity and creates a website, a Facebook page, and Twitter account in Paul’s name. Between lamenting the state of his patients’ oral hygiene and condemning the evil baseball empire that is the New York Yankees (perhaps some of my favorite passages as a Philadelphia sports fan), Ferris has provided us with an impeccably modern and cynical humor to accompany us on Paul’s quest. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a critique and sonnet to the modern human, to the head-down worker and dreamer paralyzed by the chance of an inclement nightmare. Ferris ambitiously takes on the big questions regarding life and truth, leaving us a novel which acts as an answer with which we might be satisfied, if but for a little while.”— Ben
A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation
Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.
Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online Paul might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.
At once laugh-out-loud funny regarding the absurdities of the modern world and indelibly profound regarding the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love, and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.