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Dept. Of Speculation by Jenny Offill. Photo: PA Photo/Granta
Dept. Of Speculation by Jenny Offill. Photo: PA Photo/Granta

Dept. of Speculation

by Jenny Offill

Dept. Of Speculation, the second novel from Jenny Offill, shimmers with fragments of prose that tell the story of one woman’s journey through life, love and marriage.

Poetic in style and philosophical in substance, each fragment can be read as a whole in itself, but also acts as part of something bigger.

A writer in Brooklyn falls in love, marries and has a child.

You get the impression that there is some deeper point being made here, but it is always elusive; it never takes hold, and part of the fun is trying to figure out the meaning of it all.