Dept. of Speculation — Review

October 28, 2014

Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation is another book that I initially heard about on the Book Riot podcast (I might be saying that a lot — I finally managed to catch up on roughly a year’s worth of episodes and my TBR list is noticeably longer as a result).

I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you that I really liked this book. So much so that I’m planning to buy a physical copy of it at some point (I read a copy from the library). That being said, I get the impression that this book isn’t for everyone.

“The wife” used to exchange love letters — postmarked Dept. of Speculation — with her husband. The book is a glimpse into the joy, despair, and uncertainty of relationships and life.

It reads as a very internal and personal reflection, not quite stream-of-consciousness, but edging toward that border.


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