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Published: 04/05/2023
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG FICTION READERS AWARD

'Stunning' Maggie O'Farrell

'Gorgeous, funny and deadly serious' Max Porter

'This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy' Ocean Vuong

An obligatory note of hope, in a world going to hell.

'What are you afraid of, he asks me and the answer of course is dentistry, humiliation, scarcity, then he says what are your most useful skills? People think I'm funny.'

Lizzie Benson, a part-time librarian, is already overwhelmed with the crises of daily life when an old mentor offers her a job answering mail from the listeners of her apocalyptic podcast, Hell and High Water. Soon questions begin pouring in from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of Western civilization.

Entering this polarized world, Lizzie is forced to consider who she is and what she can do to help: as a mother, as a wife, as a sister, and as a citizen of this doomed planet.

'A barometer of how it feels to live now' Sunday Times

'No one writes about the intersection of love and existential despair like Jenny Offill' Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783789337
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy - Ocean Vuong

'As soon as I finished [Dept. of Speculation], I turned it over and started again. Stunning' - Maggie O’Farrell

The end times don't deserve such exquisite literary investigation. I folded down every page until I realised there was no point, I would fold them all, I would read the book again the second I was finished. A gorgeous, funny, deadly serious and warmly revelatory mesh of perfect paragraphs - Max Porter

Jenny Offill writes beautiful sentences; she is also a deft curator of silences. It's this counterpoint of eloquence and felt absence that enables her to register the emotional and political weather of our present - Ben Lerner

No one writes about the intersection of love and existential despair like Jenny Offill - Jia Tolentino

Jenny Offill conjures entire worlds with her steady, near-pointillist technique. One feels a whole heaving, breathing universe behind her every line. Dread, the sensation of sinking, lostness, and being cast away from any sense of safety infiltrates every interaction and private moment in this book, like the ashes from the burning world she describes - Sheila Heti

Weather is a beautiful book, both subtle and powerful. In writing, that's a superhuman feat. And now is exactly when we need the superhumans. Make haste. Read it - Lydia Millet

Novelists don't need to dream the end of the world anymore - they need to wake up to it. Jenny Offill is one of today's few essential voices, because she writes about essential things, in sentences so clipped and glittering it's as if they are all cut from one diamond - Jonathan Dee, author of, The Privileges

With exceptional originality, intensity and sweetness [...] Dept. of Speculation is a shattered novel that stabs and sparkles at the same time. . . give in and read it - Guardian

There is no doubt that Jenny Offill is the writer for this particular historical moment. WEATHER is a tour de force of her considerable and startling gifts: the compressed and gorgeous sentences, the astounding comic timing, the profound and wise surprises. The miracle of this novel is how it looks at our contradictions and conditions with such bracing honesty and yet gives us a tender hopefulness toward these fraught humans. Offill makes us feel implicated but also loved - Dana Spiotta

A fragmented wander through an anxious, funny mind, with odd connections arriving in overheard anecdotes. It's great - Observer

[Offill is] such a fine, funny writer, her observations shot through with luminous intelligence and emotional insight. Her last novel, Dept. of Speculation is also superb - Alex Preston, Observer

Moving, heartbreaking and frequently funny - Five great novels of the decade, New European

Elegant, entertaining... zesty... told in short, shimmery snippets...delightfully silly; jam-packed with wise and wistful sentences that you will want to underline and quote to all your friends - Psychologies

Wryly funny - Daily Mail

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“Beautifully told tale of modern life....”

I love the style of Jenny Offill’s short novel, told in a series of short snippets. There is nothing dramatic about this novel, no action packed, exciting parts but she was still able to capture the current American... More

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“Uniquely observed!”

Jenny Offill writes in a poignant and quirky style. You have to stand back and reflect. It really makes you think. This book is not very long but it is full of many different themes that affect young and old.
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