In Joshua Ferris’s third novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, he ponders the deep questions about the meaning of life and the feeling of belonging somewhere with a biting wit that will have his readers cackling with glee. The novel revolves around a dentist named Paul O’Rourke who absolutely adores the creature comforts of modern life but his inner life is in shambles–his dental practice is failing miserably and he’s still recovering from his father’s suicide.
To make matters worse, an impostor creates social media profiles and starts impersonating him online. While investigating who stole his identity, his search leads him to a shadowy group called the Ulms who are obsessed with genealogy and how it ties in with religion. Although O’Rourke is skeptical of their claims, he finds himself pondering what’s real and what’s not in the virtual world of the Internet.
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