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Dept. of speculation, Jenny Offill

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Dept. of speculation
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Dept. of speculation
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Jenny Offill
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Department of speculation
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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 analyzes 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."--
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Title
Dept. of speculation
Creator
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
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New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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10246764
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3565.F383
LC item number
D47 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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Jenny Offill
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ocn842880677
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Dimensions
20 cm
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9780385350815
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013019367

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