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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

Audio CD

01/28/2014

3 Audio CD

190 minutes

9781629231839

Audio Library Digital

01/28/2014

190 minutes

9781629231853

Audio Retail Digital

01/28/2014

190 minutes

9781629231860

Audio MP3 CD

01/28/2014

1 Audio MP3 CD

190 minutes

9781629231877

Playaway

01/28/2014

190 minutes

9781629231884

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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, 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.

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One of the 100 Notable Books of 2014. ...moves quickly, but it is also joyously demanding because you will want to keep trying to understand the why of each fragment and how it fits with the others., The New York Times

Starred Review. Clever, subtle, and rife with strokes of beauty, this book is both readable in a single sitting and far ranging in the emotions it raises...Offill has equal parts cleverness and erudition, but it’s her language and eye for detail that make this a must-read., Publishers Weekly

Exquisitely honed and vibrant...Offill's lean prose and the addition of astute quotations prevent the text from becoming just one more story of an infidelity...The reader easily identifies with [the narrator's] struggles and frustrations...An enlightened choice for a reading group., Library Journal

A magnetic novel about a marriage of giddy bliss and stratospheric anxiety, bedrock alliance and wrenching tectonic shifts... Exquisitely fine-tuned... So precisely articulate that [Offill's] perfect, simple sentences vibrate like violin strings. And she is mordantly funny, a wry taxonomist of emotions and relationships... She has sliced life thin enough for a microscope and magnified it until it fills the mind's eye and the heart., Booklist

...a quick listen - but a moving and memorable one., AudioFile Magazine

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