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By Jenny Offill

Dept. of hypothesis is a portrait of a wedding. it's also a beguiling rumination at the mysteries of intimacy, belief, religion, wisdom, and the situation of common shipwreck that unites us all.

Jenny Offill’s heroine, noted in those pages as easily “the wife,” as soon as exchanged love letters together with her husband, postmarked Dept. of hypothesis, their code identify for all of the uncertainty that inheres in existence and within the unusually fluid confines of a protracted dating. As they confront an array of universal catastrophes—a colicky child, bedbugs, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions—the spouse analyzes her trouble, invoking every little thing from Keats and Kafka to the concept experiments of the Stoics to the teachings of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses at the eating, capacious adventure of maternal love, and the close to overall destruction of the self that ensues from it, as she confronts the friction among household lifestyles and the seductions and calls for of art.

With cool precision, in language that shimmers with rage and wit and fierce longing, Jenny Offill has crafted an exquisitely suspenseful love tale that has the speed of a teach hurtling throughout the evening at most sensible velocity. quite lean and compact, Dept. of hypothesis might be learn in one sitting, yet there are adequate bracing emotional insights in those pages to fill a far longer novel.

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ISBN: 0451201345
EAN: 9780451201348
ASIN: 0451201345
Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: 2001-07-01
Number of Pages: 400
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When he dug, he didn't want to dig, when he sat in the dirt he didn't want to sit. He wanted to reach out a paw & find the word & speak it in a loud voice that everyone would understand. He didn't want to be lonely. He finally chose the door that made him happy to walk through. But Word, you weren't behind that door. 50 In a chalk mine there's no quagmire. In a slate mine is no still lake for drowning. In an onyx mine the only dangerous animals are reflections. My reflection, which scares & crushes me, is so light that my beloved can lift it up by the ears, & she isn't even here.

I don't have any feelings. Why do you have feelings? How do you feel right now? Male: [putting the toilet lid down & sitting on it] I feel like an elderly man who committed suicide with a handgun & died face down on a quilt one of his relatives made for him Female: You will never be alone. Male: [looking at his feet] Stop saying that. It can't be true. [They leave the bathroom & enter the woman's bedroom. The man flicks on the light. ] 42 Female: Hey what the fuck? Male: I wrote YOU'RE DEAD on the lightbulb.

It took me a few lightbulbs to get it to a legible state, but I'm relatively satisfied with the results. I mean, I didn't really have anything else to do this afternoon. [The blinds hit against the window & the female is nervous about how much she hates to look at the walls & the blinds & anything else with distinct features. Maybe watching the water does make her nervous. ] Female: [looking through the window at the forest preserve in the distance] I used to ride my bike back there [craning her neck] Until I got molested by a man in a raincoat [laughing] Everyone gets molested though.

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