Jenny Offill discusses her new novel about the trickiness of marriage and motherhood
Jenny Offill in Conversation with Lorin SteinMcNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, New York, NY) Map it Free
Join Jenny Offill for a reading and discussion of her new novel, The Dept. of Speculation, in which Offill confronts the familiar trickinesses of marriage and motherhood--a colicky baby, faltering commitment, and stalled ambition--in precise prose which moves with startling agility between the quotidian and philosophical . Lydia Millet calls it a "heartbreaking and exceptional book by a writer who doesn't settle for less." With Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review.
Jenny Offill is the author of the novel Last Things, which was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and was a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is the coeditor, with Elissa Schappell, of two anthologies of essays, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her children’s books include 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore, 11 Experiments That Failed, and Sparky. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University.