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The Resource Dept. of speculation, Jenny Offill

Dept. of speculation, Jenny Offill

Label
Dept. of speculation
Title
Dept. of speculation
Statement of responsibility
Jenny Offill
Title variation
Department of speculation
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Dept. of Speculation is a portrait of a marriage. It is also a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all. Jenny Offill's heroine, referred to in these pages as simply "the wife, " once exchanged love letters with her husband, postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes--a colicky baby, bedbugs, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions--the wife analyses her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka to the thought experiments of the Stoics to the lessons of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses on the consuming, capacious experience of maternal love, and the near total destruction of the self that ensues from it, as she confronts the friction between domestic life and the seductions and demands of art. With cool precision, in language that shimmers with rage and wit and fierce longing, Jenny Offill has crafted an exquisitely suspenseful love story that has the velocity of a train hurtling through the night at top speed. Exceptionally lean and compact, Dept. of Speculation can be read in a single sitting, but there are enough bracing emotional insights in these pages to fill a much longer novel
Summary
The unnamed narrator of this novel writes in short vignettes, starting with odd facts, memories of boys she loved, and recollections from her travels. But as a whole the book itself is a moving portrait of a marriage and a relationship, from early days filled with possibilities to recent difficulties and fears. Wide-ranging and speculative, this novel focuses on the role of a wife and mother. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
Theme
Tone
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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10246764
Cataloging source
DLC
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1968-
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Offill, Jenny
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Marriage
  • Families
Target audience
adult
Label
Dept. of speculation, Jenny Offill
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052719671
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9781847088734
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Label
Dept. of speculation, Jenny Offill
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052719671
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9781847088734
Isbn Type
(hardback)

Library Locations

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