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‘Dept. of Speculation’ by Jenny Offill

There is a species of agonizing pain that the human mind cannot assimilate immediately upon waking. It takes a moment before the gut lurches, the eyes tear, the ground gives way: The memory has returned and gaping terror sets in, because whatever’s been lost is still lost.

This is the sort of pain in which Jenny Offill’s slender, quietly smashing novel “Dept. of Speculation” deals, recollecting a marriage mortally damaged by betrayal.

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