The Dinner Party - Joshua Ferris

I became a Joshua Ferris fan after reading To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and followed that up with Then We Came to the End, so I was thrilled to see his name on a NetGalley list. Ferris covers the gamut of relationships here, and these stories showcase his ability to create an unnerving level of tension and drama in seemingly ordinary moments. Ferris shines a light on some cringe-worthy, depressing situations; it's not all pretty, but his characters are spot-on. The theme was creative, wrapping itself around all kinds of possibilities for guests — including the uninvited and the ones who don't know when to leave. I am probably not the best critic here because I am such a fan of Ferris' writing; but even if you're not, these stories pack a punch and are well worth your time.