Jenny Offill

“Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation resembles no book I’ve read before. If I tell you that it’s funny, and moving, and true; that it’s as compact and mysterious as a neutron; that it tells a profound story of love and parenthood while invoking (among others) Keats, Kafka, Einstein, Russian cosmonauts, and advice for the housewife of 1896, will you please simply believe me, and read it?”
— Michael Cunningham
It’s short and funny and absorbing, an effortless-seeming downhill ride that picks up astonishing narrative speed as it goes. What’s remarkable is that Offill achieves this effect using what you might call an experimental or avant-garde style of narration, one that we associate with difficulty and disorientation rather than speed and easy pleasure.
— New York Review of Books
Dept. of Speculation is all the more powerful because, with its scattered insights and apparently piecemeal form, it at first appears slight. Its depth and intensity make a stealthy purchase on the reader.
— James Wood, The New Yorker
A heartbreaking and exceptional book by a writer who doesn't settle for less.
— Lydia Millet
Dept. of Speculation is gorgeous, funny, a profoundly moving work of art. She gets life on the page in new, startling ways.
- Sam Lipsyte

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Last Things

Last Things mines an interval of childhood before the division of intellectual labor. In this state of innocence, science, philosophy, mythology, bunk, wonder, and sorrow are all one. Jenny Offill's complicated and arresting farewell to this dangerous time is compelling as few recent novels on the subject have been.”
— Rick Moody
“If Last Things means things that will last, then Offill's book is one of them.
— New York Times Book Review
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Children's Books

"The brazen over-the-topness leavens the taunting with pure ridiculousness, but there’s still enough bite to make this absolutely hilarious, especially to older sibs." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review
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"With apologies to Eric Carle, this is the best damn sloth-related picture book I have ever read." - School Library Journal
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"This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day. Go ahead, break a few dishes in the washing machine, see the humor and enjoy this fine poke at every science fair that ever was." - Kirkus Review
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A Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
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“The short stories are lovely. Some allude to an object’s brush with fame; others suggest heartache, loneliness and the occasional bar fight. Each story casts a strange spell on the objects, and on our perception of them.” (The Economist's More Intelligent Life)

Anthology edited with Elissa Schappell

Essays about the complications of money.

Contributors include Daphne Merkin, Susan Choi, Heidi Julavits, and Walter Kirn

Anthology edited with Elissa Schappell.

Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Lydia Millet, Mary Morris, Ann Hood, Elizabeth Strout, Francine Prose