The Dinner Party and Other Stories

The Dinner Party and Other Stories

Book - 2017
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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.


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Apr 02, 2018

Loved the last story but not much else.

Jan 02, 2018

Great book and interesting stories. Highly recommended to short story lovers.

HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

It's a good thing I'm not depressed and in a healthy relationship otherwise "The Dinner Party" would have made me jump out the window. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ferris's take on modern love is brutal and immensely entertaining.

May 23, 2017

My partial favor giving to "Life in the Heart of Dead", for the familiar sights and humor leading to journey into human soul. "The Pilot" had a similar effect on me though, it's not on the same notch.

The rest are vignettes giving me mixed feelings. I couldn't help being repulsed by exaggeration and extreme, more than awed by the unexpected.

I prefer "A Fair Price" to "More Abandon". "The Valetudinarian" is a masterpiece.
If my understanding of male characters isn't too limited, my appreciation of stories on family and relationship is less. I prefer "A Night Out"s linear approach to "The Breeze" juxtaposition of real and imagined.

The title story was a turnoff when I first read it, now I thought about, it may not be so petty. Similarly, "Fragments" and "The Stepchild" turned out to be quite substantial.


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