Offill at the 2014 Texas Book Festival
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Jenny Offill (born in 1968 Massachusetts) is an American novelist.
Offill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Offill teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia University and Queens University. Her first novel Last Things was published in 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and in the UK by Bloomsbury. It was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A Times First Book Award. Offill's second novel Dept. of Speculation was published in January 2014 and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review.
Her work has appeared in the Paris Review. She is also the co-editor with Elissa Schappell of two anthologies of essays and the author of several children's books
- Last Things. Bloomsbury Publishing Incorporated, 2000, ISBN 9780747551478
- Jenny Offill (28 December 2010). 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore. Random House Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-307-55397-3.
- Jenny Offill (2011). Eleven Experiments that Failed. Schwartz & Wade Books. ISBN 978-0-375-84762-2.
- Jenny Offill (11 March 2014). Sparky!. Random House Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-375-98859-2.
- While You Were Napping, Illustrated by Barry Blitt, Random House Children's Books, 2014, ISBN 9780375865725
- Dept. of Speculation. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 28 January 2014. ISBN 978-0-385-35102-7.
- Jenny Offill; Elissa Schappell (18 December 2007). The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away. Crown Publishing Group. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-0-307-41937-8.
- Jenny Offill; Elissa Schappell (January 2008). Money Changes Everything: Twenty-two Writers Tackle the Last Taboo with Tales of Sudden Windfalls, Staggering Debts, and Other Surprising Turns of Fortune. Broadway Books. pp. 9–. ISBN 978-0-7679-2283-8.
- Roxane Gayfeb (February 7, 2014). "Bridled Vows". The New York Times.
...Offill still makes it seem as if the wife’s version of the marriage is story enough and, perhaps, the only story that matters. The book calls to mind another proverb, this one from Madagascar: Marriage is not a tight knot, but a slip knot.
- Elaine Blair (April 24, 2014). "The Smallest Possible Disaster". The New York Review of Books.
- James Wood (March 31, 2014). "Mother Courage". The New Yorker. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
“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.
- "The 10 Best Books of 2014". Sunday Book Review. New York Times. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Magic and Dread". Paris Review (Winter 2013). Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Official website
- "In Fragments Of A Marriage, Familiar Themes Get Experimental". NPR. January 26, 2014.
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