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Dept. of Speculation (Paperback)

| Vintage Books | 10/7/2014

ISBN-10 : 0345806875   ISBN-13 : 9780345806871   List Price : $15.95

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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.


A Best Book of the Year: The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune,, 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.

An unflinching portrait of marriage features a heroine simply referred to as "the Wife," who transitions from an idealistic woman who once exchanged love letters with her husband and who confronts an array of universal difficulties.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0345806875
  • ISBN-13: 9780345806871
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 179