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Dept. of Speculation

Jenny Offill

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. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though its bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.

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. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though its bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.
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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. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though its bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.

Language:

English

Length:

3h 11m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:38