Jenny Offill

“Clever, subtle, and rife with strokes of beauty, this book is both readable in a single sitting and far ranging in the emotions it raises... Offill has equal parts cleverness and erudition, but it’s her language and eye for detail that make this a must-read.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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
"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
"Dept. of Speculation is a deep, funny, and beautifully written novel. It is a moving and intelligent story of a specific marriage, but it is also very much about how it feels to be alive right now. Jenny Offill perfectly captures the absurdities and ironies of our moment.
- Dana Spiota

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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

"With apologies to Eric Carle, this is the best damn sloth-related picture book I have ever read." - School Library Journal

Coming March 11th, 2014
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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