Joshua Ferris, Ron Carlson and Padgett Powell could start a planet together. A stream of other-worldly characters run through each of their works. So it seems natural the three authors did readings at Joe’s Pub as part Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending series.
Starting with Ferris’s new novel, The Unnamed, a tale of a trial lawyer afflicted with a compulsive walking disorder. On his journeys, he might run into Ron Carlson’s characters, a married couple who run a dry cleaning service and time travel on the side. And anyone can find themselves in Padgett Powell’s The Interrogative Mood: A Novel, linking people and places, events and time, mind and body, in one string of unanswered questions.