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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date October 7, 2014
Pages 179
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780345806871
ISBN-10 0345806875
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: ONE OF THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

A Best Book of the Year: The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vogue.com, Electric Literature, Buzzfeed


In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. “Dept. of Speculation” was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life—a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions.

When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story—a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.

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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (January 28, 2014)
9780385350815 | details & prices | 179 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $22.95
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from Vintage Books (October 7, 2014)
9780345806871 | details & prices | 179 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $15.00
About: ONE OF THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Best Book of the Year: The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vogue.

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