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Weather by Jenny Offill
Feb 11, 2020 | ISBN 9780385351102
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One of the Wall Street Journal Magazine’s 10 must-read books this winter
“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.”

“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.” 
–Jia Tolentino

“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.”
–Dana Spiotta

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