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Jenny Offill

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“What I try to capture as a writer is the feeling of being alive, of being awake.”  

With a groundbreaking writing style, which the New York Times called a “singular experience,” author, educator, and speaker Jenny Offill continues to be among the most distinctive and prominent voices in American literary fiction.  

"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... 
--Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

Offill's 2020 novel, Weather, is the story of confronting, both directly and less so, looming climate catastrophe . The book was described as “emotional, planetary, and very turbulent, “ by the New York Times, “utterly exhilarating in its wit and intelligence” by the Boston Globe, and “darkly funny and urgent” by NPR. Her preceding novel, “Dept. of Speculation,” was named one of the 10 best books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, the Boston Globe, and many others. It was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen Faulkner Award, and the International Dublin Award. She is also the author “Last Things,” a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award

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