Dept. of Speculation

By Jenny Offill

4 out of 5 stars

This book was on so many best of 2014 lists that I had to get it. I hoped I would not be disappointed and I definitely wasn’t. It’s a very fast read, a very short book but it does pack a lot of emotion into the sparse words. It tells the the story of the wife and her husband from start to, well, the finish of the book anyway. And it draws you completely into their marriage, their fight with bugs, their fights period. There aren’t many but the wife seems to have a few issues whereas her husband seems to go with the flow, until he doesn’t. Can they work out what happens between them? You will have to read it and find out.

I think that the way it’s written, with it’s short chapters, makes the pace of the book, perfect. We go from meeting, to marriage, to child, to affair, at such a quick pace. It’s one of those books that keeps you thinking “hmm” even after you’re done reading.

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