JENNY OFFILL is the author of the novels Last Things (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award) and Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen-Faulkner Award, and the International Dublin Literary Award. She lives in upstate New York and teaches at Syracuse University and in the low-residency program at Queens University.
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"Brilliant... Offill's writing is brisk and comic, and her
book's format underlines her gifts. "Weather" is her most soulful
book... [Her] humor is saving humor; it's as if she's splashing
vinegar to deglaze a pan."
--The New York Times Jenny Offill is the master of novels told in sly, burnished fragments... In Offill's hands, the form becomes something new, a method of distilling experience into its brightest, most blazing forms -- atoms of intense feeling... these fragments feel like: teeming worlds suspended in white space, entire novels condensed into paragraphs... What she is doing is coming as close as anyone ever has to writing the very nature of being itself... "Weather" transforms the novel of consciousness into a record of climate grief.
--Parul Sehgal, The New York Times profile "Time flies by in this wry story of a family--librarian Lizzie, her classics buff husband, their son, and her brother, a recovering addict. Apocalypse (climate and otherwise) looms over the narrative, and yet it is funny and hopeful too."
--Vanity Fair "We named Offill's previous novel, the shrewd and genre-destroying Dept. of Speculation, as a book every woman should read; this follow-up, a sort of spiritual sequel, solidifies the author's place among the vanguard of writers who are reinvigorating literature."
--O The Oprah Magazine "Compact and wholly contemporary, Jenny Offill's third novel sees a librarian find deep meaning and deep despair in her side gig as an armchair therapist for those in existential crisis, including liberals fearing climate apocalypse and conservatives fearing the demise of 'American values.' As she attempts to save everyone, our protagonist is driven to her limits, making for a canny, comic story about the power of human need."
"Tiny in size but immense in scope, radically disorienting yet reassuringly humane, strikingly eccentric and completely irresistible...utterly exhilarating in its wit and intelligence...luminous."
--The Boston Globe Genius... [A] lapidary masterwork... Remarkable and resonant... The right novel for the end of the world.
--The LA Times Another perfectly wonderful trip inside the mind of Jenny Offill... [Her] fiction is such a pleasure to read... the funniness of many of her sentences indicates how precisely she calibrates them.
--Slate "Ptent... Offill is a master of the glancing blow.
--NPR.org "Glorious, dizzying, disconcerting and often laugh-out-loud hysterical"
--USA Today Always wry and wise. Offill offers an acerbic observer with a wide-ranging mind in this marvelous novel.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Clever and seductive . . . the weather of our days both real and metaphorical, is perfectly captured in Offill's brief, elegant paragraphs, filled with insight and humor. Offill is good company for the end of the world.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Revelatory . . . Offill, who will delight fans of Lydia Davis and Joy Williams, performs breathtaking emotional and social distillation in this pithy and stealthily resonant tale of a woman trying to keep others, and herself, from tipping into the abyss.
--Booklist (starred review) "This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy."
--Ocean Vuong 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.
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 ashes from the burning world she describes.
--Sheila Heti "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 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 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.