• Dismayingly funny in the way that only really serious books can be

    Guardian, on 'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour'
  • Brilliant, funny, stomach-turningly accurate

    Observer, on 'Then We Came to the End'
  • Very funny, intense and exhilarating

    The Times, on 'Then We Came to the End'
  • If Augie March was a "Columbus of the near-at-hand," Charlie Barnes is a whole America: a dreaming, scheming paterfamilias forever "expanding out to the coasts" and outstripping whatever inconvenient facts or exuberant fictions might hope to contain him. Is he for real? Are any of us? This much is certain: Funny, moving, and formally a work of genius, A Calling for Charlie Barnes is quite literally the book Joshua Ferris was born to write.

    Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire

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