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Dept. of Speculation

by Jenny Offill

Dept. of Speculation
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2014, 192 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2014, 192 pages

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Rory L. Aronsky

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Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation is an exquisitely suspenseful love story full of wit and fierce longing.

There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 52 weeks in a year and X years in a life. Solve for X.

Wake up. Fill the hours with whatever needs to be done. Sleep. The filling is up to us. Sometimes it's wondrous, but many times a week, it can be mundane - lines to wait in, bills to pay, problems to deal with that might seem unique to us, but really aren't that unique. We're just one of thousands…hundreds of thousands…millions.

Some stand-up comedians make a good living observing the mundane details of daily life. From their observations come the laughter of recognition, but then we move on, back to our daily lives, perhaps not thinking any further about what we have read or watched because hey, we've got stuff to do.

Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill's second novel, is a story about the marriage between a professor and ...

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