Thursday, September 1, 2022

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



September is here! It's a long holiday weekend, back to school vibes are thrumming, hints of fall are sort of in the air (although not in the temperatures). The first week of September always feels like a seasonal pivot, even if it is still summer on the calendar and on the thermometer. 

So, are you reading your last summer book? Will you switch genres or moods as we head into autumn? Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, or just a book that caught your fancy. That's what Book Beginnings on Fridays is all about. 


We were fractious and overpaid.

-- Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. 

What do you think? That's a short opening sentence and give me no idea where the story will go. But I love the word fractious!

According to the cover, Then We Came to the End was a National Bestseller and a National Book Award Finalist when it came out in 2007. I know nothing about it, including how it came to be on my TBR shelf! I mean, I must have known at some time how it got there, but I can no longer remember. I assume I came across it at one of my book haunts, like a Friends of the Library shop or a neighborhood Little Free Library. 

It's a novel about the demise of a Chicago advertising agency. It looks funny and interesting. I just started it today and look forward to reading it over Labor Day weekend. 


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Another weekly teaser event is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice where you can find details and add a link to your post. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book you are featuring. You can also find a teaser from 56% of the way through your ebook or audiobook.


From Then We Came to the End:
His weekends were long dark shadows of mystery. In all likelihood, he spent his days off in the office, cultivating his master plan. 
I'm hooked! I love a funny book, even if it is dark humor, like I suspect this is going to be. 


  1. Then We Came to the End looks interesting. Have a great weekend!

  2. Looks like a good one. Have a great weekend!

  3. You're right, that opening really doesn't give us a sense of the story.

    Enjoy your long weekend.

  4. September really does feel like a turning point. I love autumn so I'm super excited for it! And I adore that opening line as well, it gives so much information while also not really saying anything about the plot! I do like the F56 as well though, I'd love for my weekends to be "long dark shadows of mystery"! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Fractious and overpaid. You don't see the word "fractious" that often, so that would definitely catch my attention!

    September is just a continuation of summer in our part of the world! It doesn't really feel like fall until maybe late October, more likely early November. But hey, it's time for college football! I'm excited about that! Sic 'Em Bears!

  6. I like dark humour. It looks like a good book.

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  7. I don't even know what fractious means. Guess I'll have to look it up. Have fun with the book.

  8. This is a funny first line. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!


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