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Jenny Offill

Autor(a) de Dept. of Speculation

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Obras por Jenny Offill

Dept. of Speculation (2014) 2,015 exemplares
Weather (2020) 1,164 exemplares
Sparky! (2014) 415 exemplares
11 Experiments That Failed (2011) 339 exemplares
Last Things (2000) 216 exemplares
While You Were Napping (2014) 42 exemplares
Syvien pohdintojen jaosto (2018) 2 exemplares
Tempo variabile (2020) 2 exemplares
Avdeling for grublerier (2016) 1 exemplar
Lucky! 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Electric Literature No. 3 (2010) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
Brooklyn, New York, USA
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Brooklyn College
Queens University of Charlotte

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Jennie Offill teaches in the M.F.A. writing program at Brooklyn College.  [adapted from The Friend Who Got Away (2005)]



An amusing book about adultery; educational too! I never knew that research shows men tend to have affairs after their oldest child turns six, our evolutionarily reptilian brains thinking that genetic investment is able to carry on without us now, so time to go create a different one. Or that Buddhists believe there are 121 states of consciousness, only 3 of which involve misery or suffering, though naturally we spend most of our time just in those three. I have no confirmation that these are true, mind, but they sound legit.

The book's heroine never intended to get married, and the book never intends to give the reader much of any idea about the husband. He exists, he is outlined, and then he cheats, and we're given the wife's reaction along with a steady stream of amusing factoids. Interestingly, the perspective shifts from first to third person once this trouble occurs, as if the character steps back from this clichéd situation to wryly observe the difficulty she's gotten herself into. "If only you'd stuck to your plan to be an Art Monster," her third person omniscient voice might say to her first person character, "this totally could have been avoided." Happily, however, the first person wrenches back control of the narrative at the last. It's always better to have loved.

There is a comparison in the style of this book to Renata Adler's Speedboat in that it is told in little episodic chunks. But Offill is funny; Adler is arch. Offill has a plot; Adler does not. Between the two I'll definitely take Offill.
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lelandleslie | 142 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Good writing, but no narrative coherence; i just didn’t get the point. Experimental style isn’t for me
JosephKing6602 | 142 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
So good. I might have written it if I ever allowed anyone but Victoria to see my true self. Funny and full, pregnant really, of existential angst of a librarian, New Yorker, mother, trying to understand or at least simply navigate the quickly spiraling world.
BookyMaven | 68 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades K-3
Awards:Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
lazwilliams | 42 outras críticas | Dec 2, 2023 |



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Elissa Schappell Editor, Foreword & contributor
Lydia Millet Contributor
Chris Appelhans Illustrator
Nancy Carpenter Illustrator
Dorothy Allison Contributor
Nuar Alsadir Contributor
Heather Abel Contributor
Emily Chenoweth Contributor
Mary Morris Contributor
Beverly Gologorsky Contributor
Francine Prose Introduction
Helen Schulman Contributor
Jennifer Gilmore Contributor
Kate Bernheimer Contributor
Patricia Marx Contributor
Katie Roiphe Contributor
Elizabeth Strout Contributor
Diana Abu-Jaber Contributor
Ann Hood Contributor
Vivian Gornick Contributor
Emily White Contributor
Nicole Keeter Contributor
Jonathan Dee Contributor
Tony Serra Contributor
Ruth Konigsberg Contributor
Claire Dederer Contributor
Walter Kirn Contributor
Jill McCorkle Contributor
Jeanne McCulloch Contributor
Kathryn Rhett Contributor
Fred Leebron Contributor
Brett Martin Contributor
Henry Alford Contributor
Felicia Sullivan Contributor
Meera Nair Contributor
Isabel Rose Contributor
Daniel Handler Contributor
Chris Offutt Contributor
Charles D'Ambrosio Contributor
Steven Rinehart Contributor
Marian Fontana Contributor
Susan Choi Contributor
Andy Behrman Contributor
John Gall Cover designer
Melanie Walz Translator
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