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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2014
January 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
192
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.9
MB

Customer Reviews

PortugaSC ,

Resonating

Raw, disjointed, honest. A truly honest and accurate outward representation of a wife and mother's inner turmoil. The wife's rage, guilt, solitude, sadness, love and commitment will resonate with any woman who has invested her entire self/identity to be wife, lover, friend, mother and professional to discover it can be destroyed on a whim.

4488662 ,

Dreamy

It’s like sitting by a river but instead of water it’s words that flow by, different speeds, some come together as sentences and some of these sentences splash over you. You can’t see what’s coming so you sit and don’t anticipate. It’s a beautiful stream of consciousness.

scoflaw ,

Worth reading

A good book written in an unusual style. You have to read it carefully to pick up the fine points. The writing, like the main character, suffers from gaps in narration, but to an interesting effect.

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