Then We Came To The End is a 2007 novel by Joshua Ferris. It is the story of the employees in a Chicago advertising firm from the [[TheNineties late nineties]], up to September 11th, 2001. The firm is going under, the boss may or may not have cancer, the workers are fractious, and layoffs are happening.
And drama ensues. Or hilarity, [[BlackComedy depending on how you look at it.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: "The Thing To Do and the Place To Be," follows Lynn Mason [[spoiler: on the night before her operation.]] It is the only part of the book that is not written in first-person plural.
* AlliterativeName: Jim Jackers
* GossipyHens: The entire office staff, except Joe Pope and Lynn Mason.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Then we came to the end" is the first sentence of Don [=DeLillo's=] ''Americana.''
* MeaningfulName: Joe ''Pope'' is pretty much the most morally upright character in the book.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Hank Neary became a published author after he left the firm.
* SadClown: Tom Mota comes in after his firing in a clown suit, and starts shooting people with paintballs.
* ShoutOut: Several to Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson.
* StraightGay: Hank Neary
* TheAllConcealingI: The novel--for the most part--is written using "we", and then ends on "you and me." It's only then that the reader realises they know everything about everybody except the narrator.