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Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
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it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, ebooks, one-day-reads, favorites, have-met-or-will-meet-author, events

I found myself gasping at the sheer beauty and conciseness of Offill's sentences. This book can be devoured in two hours, or you can languish in it over many sittings (or both). It's about love and loneliness and grief and joy and fidelity and beauty and depression and mania and motherhood and writing. The shifting points of view were subtle yet profound, and, despite the darkness and sadness of the story, when I closed the book, I was left more alert and attentive, more alive. Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

June 3, 2013 – Shelved
June 3, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
June 3, 2013 – Shelved as: arc
June 3, 2013 – Shelved as: ebooks
June 8, 2013 – Started Reading
June 8, 2013 –
page 49
27.37% "This is incredible."
June 8, 2013 – Shelved as: one-day-reads
June 8, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
June 8, 2013 – Finished Reading
December 18, 2013 – Shelved as: events
December 18, 2013 – Shelved as: have-met-or-will-meet-author

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Nancy What a great review. I love to feel that way at the end of a book.


Janet Thanks, Nancy! I just loved this book. We all fell so in love with it we were able to convince the author to visit in March. She was, of course, magical.


Betsy Robinson Lovely review.


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