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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 of common shipwreck that unites us all.

Jenny Offill’s heroine, stated 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 the entire uncertainty that inheres in lifestyles and within the surprisingly fluid confines of an extended courting. As they confront an array of universal catastrophes—a colicky child, bedbugs, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions—the spouse analyzes her concern, 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 event of maternal love, and the close to overall destruction of the self that ensues from it, as she confronts the friction among family 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 rate of a educate hurtling during the evening at most sensible velocity. incredibly lean and compact, Dept. of hypothesis might be learn in one sitting, yet there are sufficient bracing emotional insights in those pages to fill a miles longer novel.

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Under the webbing of IVs, a surgeon hands me a silver comb and I start brushing the patient’s hair like I did my mother’s when I was a girl. The nurse lifts the sheet. It isn’t my mother. It’s the monkey. I bend my ear to its dying lips and it says: You haven’t much time— risk it all. 31} water clocks The singing of the blind school children and the Mediterranean’s flat expanse are metaphors for every kind of solitude made forgivable by time. The hillside museum with rows of empty earthen vessels is full of it.

II Last night I threw my lab coat in the fire and drove all night through the Arizona desert with a thermos full of silver tequila. It was the last of what we bought on our way back from Guadalajara— desert wind in the mouth, your mother’s beat-up Honda, agaves twisting up from the soil like the limbs of cephalopods. {14 Outside of Tucson, saguaros so lovely considering the cold, and the fact that you weren’t there to warm me. Suddenly drunk I was shouting that I wanted to see the stars as my ancestors used to see them— To see the godawful blue as Aurvandil’s frostbitten toe.

Garlic and orange peel. Dry white wine. A fusion of the senses. So autumn slips into the swamplands with glossy alligator eyes. We talk of love potions while drinking café noir. Powdered lizards and tender missives scrawled with blood. How her grandmother crushed peach seeds with stones to draw dirt to the bottom of a pail of bayou water: a speckled fish could flatten itself against those sediments and simply fade away. She used to dream there was a hole in the bucket and so the task was never-ending.

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