To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. (Back Bay/Little, Brown) Ferris’ debut novel, the first-person-plural satire “Then We Came to the End” (2007), traced the decline of an ad agency. His second, “The Unnamed” (2010), concerned a man’s debilitating compulsion to walk. “To Rise Again” follows the undoing of Paul O'Rourke, a misanthropic, Red Sox-loving dentist in midlife crisis, who watches in horror as an online impersonator promotes an obscure religion in his name.
The Painter by Peter Heller. (Vintage Contemporaries) After shooting a man in a New Mexico bar, Jim Stegner, a famous artist and the narrator of Heller’s moving second novel, served his time and is trying to lead a quiet life of painting and fishing in Colorado. But a new act of brutal violence rips his life open again.
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