August meetup: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Note: RSVPs will open on Monday, July 21 at 7pm.

Our August book selection is To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. Just recently published this spring, it's currently available in Hardcover & eBook. The hardcover version is 352 pages.

Here's the link to the NPR book review:

http://www.npr.org/2014/06/26/325529167/a-dentist-confronts-the-gaping-maw-of-life-in-to-rise-again

And here's the GoodReads blurb:

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 about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about 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.

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  • Sue

    Always an entertaining discussion...;-)

    August 20

  • Marjorie F.

    As usual, it was excellent-great discussion

    1 · August 18

  • carolyn M.

    Great discussion! Now must drag myself to the dentist.

    2 · August 17

  • carolyn M.

    Great discussion! Now must drag myself to the dentist.

    August 17

  • Faith R.

    I'm running off to the hospital. my mom was just admitted so I won't be there today

    August 17

  • Diane

    sorry but last minute conflict came up. I won't be able to join you but hope someone else will.

    August 16

  • Robin

    I realized today that I just can't finish the book in time with everything else I have to do. I hope someone can take my spot.

    August 16

  • Pat

    I've been called out of town for the weekend. I hope someone else enjoys my spot.

    August 12

  • Elizabeth Boe Aarestad L.

    Marvelous book! So sorry I will be out of town and not able to attend. Have fun discussing!

    August 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book is not available in any of the libraries in this area; Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. I no longer purchase books. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    D'Nell Williamson

    July 23

    • Lynne

      All I can say is try Craig's suggestion and mine (and maybe ask at work and neighbors..). This book group is the BEST one I'm in on meetups!

      July 24

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Lynne.

      July 24

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