Short stories by Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris is the author of three previous novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and a collection of stories, The Dinner Party. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" writers in 2010. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

Listing 4 stories.

Nick and his wife live in a cozy New York City apartment until one morning when she goes out to get bagels and never returns. In search of stability, he winds up at the house of an old friend who he quickly realizes feels more at home with than with his wife.

A New Yorker tired of the cold seeks to make the most of the year’s first spring breeze with her resistant husband.

After a man finds out his wife is having an affair from a butt dial, he invites strangers walking on the street into his apartment to chat and ease his turmoil.

On his sixty-sixth birthday, a cranky hypochondriac widower orders a pizza to his Florida condo. Instead, he gets a prostitute — and a heart attack.