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Dept. of Speculation (Hardback)
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They used to send each other letters. The return address was always the same: Dept. of Speculation. They used to be young, brave, and giddy with hopes for their future. They got married, had a child, and skated through all the small calamities of family life. But then, slowly, quietly something changes. As the years rush by, fears creep in and doubts accumulate until finally their life as they know it cracks apart and they find themselves forced to reassess what they have lost, what is left, and what they want now. Written with the dazzling lucidity of poetry, Dept. of Speculation navigates the jagged edges of a modern marriage to tell a story that is darkly funny, surprising and wise.

Fiction & Poetry >> Modern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 06/03/2014 ISBN-13: 9781847088734  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Reading Jenny Offill's Dept of Speculation is like being allowed a rare and privileged glimpse into someone else's brain. In it one finds all kinds of detritus: snippets of poetry, advice from sage friends and philosophers, memories of chance encounters and the myriad facts and figures we absorb from the world around us. Here, too, are the daily struggles we all face: getting to sleep each night, putting food on the table, keeping one's home and relationships together in the face of marriage breakdowns, insect invasions, and difficulties at work. Dept of Speculation is a brilliant, tender examination of the integrations and disintegrations that make us human.

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Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 11/03/2014

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