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The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group’s discussion of Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, a startlingly incisive, sharply funny, beautifully written examination of marriage, motherhood, and fulfillment. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385350815
Author:
Offill, Jenny
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
A-.&rdquo;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.54 x 4.75 x 0.84 in 0.58 lb

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Product details 192 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780385350815 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

With its economical prose, piercing wit, and eclectic, observational asides, Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation reads like the love child of David Markson, Lydia Davis, and Alejandro Zambra. At its core, it's a novel about a marriage — a marriage that is starting to shatter just as the wife's life is starting to break down. But it's also a novel about motherhood, trust, faith, music, art, and astronomy, reminiscent of the myriad thoughts that fill our heads as we lie awake at night.

A nice companion piece to something like Connell's Mrs. Bridge, Dept. of Speculation combines insightful humor with astute analysis of modern life in a book I'll be recommending for quite some time.

"Staff Pick" by ,

What started out as a really sweet family study turned into a pretty painful read. Offill has been there ("there" being the depths of marital disaster) — that's clear — and has captured this slice of domestic drama with something that I can only describe as an aching tenderness. Small and slight vignettes are layered again and again to make up this gorgeous little novel. Beautifully done.

"Synopsis" by , Jenny Offill is the author of the novel Last Things, which was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and was a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is the coeditor, with Elissa Schappell, of two anthologies of essays, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her children’s books include 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore, 11 Experiments That Failed, and Sparky. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University.
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