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A brilliantly observed collection of short stories on the absurdity of modern life by one of America's best satirists.

'He reflected in future retrospect on the evening and foretold every gesture, every word. "I can't do it," he said. "I can predict everything that will happen from the moment they arrive to the little kiss on the cheek goodbye and I just can't goddamn do it."'

The Dinner Party
immerses us in the comic and strange realities of modern life, as we journey through the lives of the unlovable, the unloved, and those who love too much: Jack, who nervously tries to befriend the surly removal man by buying him a latte and a croissant; Sarah, who endlessly imagines how her evening would have been better had she only chosen a different restaurant; Joe, who spends a night alone at the office and surreptitiously starts to rearrange his colleagues' belongings.

These are stories about the infinite possibilities of a person's life, from an agonizingly funny and original writer.

Reviews

A magnificent black carnival of discord and delusion. Rich with novelistic density, Ferris' stories make The Dinner Party a full-fledged feast

New York Times Book Review

An addictively accurate and darkly comic depiction of modern American life. Like F Scott Fitzgerald before him, Ferris shines an unforgiving light on the jittery pursuit of happiness

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Constructed with great care, combining beady-eyed observation with farce, black comedy and moments of lyricism. Thoughtful, mordant and funny

Guardian

A darkly comic writer who feels like the novelist equivalent of the filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen

Washington Post

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241979983

    April 16, 2018

    Viking

    232 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241297032

    July 15, 2017

    Viking

    256 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    Or

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  • The Dinner Party
    Joshua Ferris

    EBook

    9780241979976

    June 29, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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