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Jenny Offill
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A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 2 months ago
Jenny Offill's second novel is written in a similar piecework style, stringing vignettes and observations together and creating a narrative that is unsettling and familiar. Lizzie is a librarian at a University and used to mentally diagnosing her patrons, observing their trajectories from behind t...
Yvette - Bookworlder
Yvette - Bookworlder rated it 4 years ago
I just spent the last hour and thirty four minutes reading the entirety of a novel that left me unsettled, sad, and impressed. The text is primarily made up of short paragraphs, thoughts really, that include references and quotes and are somewhat a stream of consciousness but taking a form that is...
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it 5 years ago
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill is a short novel that provides glimpses that, taken together, form a life. It is the story of a marriage through its ups and down as seen through the eyes of “the wife” - no name, just the wife. The book has a unique writing style that settles into a lyrical rhyt...
Mariana rated it 5 years ago
Heartbreaking and too familiar. I am very sad after reading this, even if the ending wasn't a breakup. :(
catpdx rated it 5 years ago
Two stars for the first half, four stars for the second, so I'll go with three overall. I was deeply ambivalent about the first 50 pages or so but found the second half to be genuinely moving.
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