Jenny Offill

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Jenny Offill
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Jenny Offill, 2016
Born 1968
Nationality American
Genres novelist, children's writer, editor

Jenny Offill (born in 1968 Massachusetts) is an American novelist.

Early life[edit]

Jenny Offill was the only child of two private-school English teachers.[1] She spent her childhood years across various US cities, including Massachusetts, California, Indiana, and North Carolina.[1] Jenny Offill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[2] Offill teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia University and Queens University.[3]


Offill's 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[4][5][6] and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review.[7] Dept. of Speculation has been shortlisted for the Folio Prize in the UK, the Pen/Faulkner Award and the L.A. Times Fiction Award.

Her work has appeared in the Paris Review.[8] She is also the co-editor with Elissa Schappell of two anthologies of essays and the author of several children's books



Children's books[edit]

As co-editor[edit]

  • Jenny Offill; Elissa Schappell (2005). The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-41937-8. 
  • Jenny Offill; Elissa Schappell (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. ISBN 978-0-7679-2283-8. 


  1. ^ a b Haas, Lidija (2015-02-28). "Jenny Offill: life after Dept. of Speculation – the underdog persona's not going to fly any more". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Café Américain | An Interview with Jenny Offill". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  4. ^ Roxane Gay (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. 
  5. ^ Elaine Blair (April 24, 2014). "The Smallest Possible Disaster". The New York Review of Books. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2014". Sunday Book Review. New York Times. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Magic and Dread". Paris Review (Winter 2013). Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

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