TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR, by Joshua Ferris [2014]

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

R. Tim Morris’ Rating: 6/10

Joshua Ferris continues to impress me with his writing, though To Rise Again at a Decent Hour would be my least favorite of his first three novels. I fell in love with Paul O’Rourke, the regretful, misanthropic, sardonic New York dentist, but, although very funny, the novel slides a little too far into the religious realm. Yes, internet trolls, I know that this is what the book is really all about, but I certainly did not pick up the book expecting such religious density. It definitely lost me in parts but the parts where I marveled at Ferris’ prose more than made up for it. He is a very accessible author and any of his novels are worth a read!