Dept. of Speculation

Front Cover
Alfred A. Knopf, 2014 - Fiction - 179 pages
From the acclaimed author of Weather comes a slim, stunning portrait of a marriage--a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all.

ONE OF THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

A Best Book of the Year: The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vogue.com, Electric Literature, Buzzfeed


In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. "Dept. of Speculation" was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life--a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions.

When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story--a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
17
4 stars
29
3 stars
11
2 stars
5
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - nancyjean19 - LibraryThing

Ah so beautiful! The author managed to create such a clear picture of the narrator and her life with a collection of short paragraphs describing snippets of her life. It was impressionistic but ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - davidroche - LibraryThing

My revelation book of the year so far is Jenny Offill’s Weather, so I have been determined to work my way round to reading her previous book, Dept. of Speculation (Granta). The format that so beguiled ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
11
Section 4
13
Section 5
17
Section 6
20
Section 7
23
Section 8
179
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2014)

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 Los Angeles Times First Book Award. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University.

Bibliographic information