The Dept of Speculation is a short novel, yet chock full of wisdom.
Offill's novel has a somewhat different feel to it, and I urge readers to give it a chance. Although I didn't feel a connection to the characters in the usual way, I could easily identify with the wife in this story. Told in fragments, this novel explores how life changes for the wife as she marries and has children. The universality of her experience is one that many women can easily identify with.
Although this novel is short (just 160 pages) there is so much that these pages contain, so much wisdom in this novel. I feel as though I could easily pick up this book many times and learn something new from it with each reading.