Jenny Offill

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Jenny Offill is an American author born in Massachusetts. Her first novel Last Things was published in 1999 was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A Times First Book Award.

She is also the co-editor with Elissa Schappell of two anthologies of essays and the author of several children's books She teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia University and Queens University.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2015) : Dept. of Speculation
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book nominee (2015) : Dept. of Speculation
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2016) : Dept. of Speculation
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2020) : Weather
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Book nominee (2020) : Weather
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2020) : Weather

Jenny Offill recommends
All the Dirty Parts (2017)
Daniel Handler
"Take one sex-crazed teenage boy and take him seriously. Don't make him the butt of an easy joke. Don't make him the star of a humiliation comedy. Let him be an idiot, a jerk, a cad, a hero. Make his desire into a rocket shooting him out of this too small life. Show his loneliness crash-landing him into pieces. It's almost impossible to write tenderly and truthfully about such things. Somehow Handler has done it."
The Incendiaries (2018)
R O Kwon
"An impressive, assured debut about the hope for personal and political revolution and all the unexpected ways it flickers out. Kwon has vital things to say about the fraught times we live in."
Same Same (2019)
Peter Mendelsund
"A deeply inventive and wonderfully strange novel that takes dead aim at the question: does it matter if something's real?"
The Lightness (2020)
Emily Temple
"Funny, whip-smart and transcendently wise about friendship, family, lust and love."
Nine Shiny Objects (2020)
Brian Castleberry
"In this extraordinary novel, Castleberry brilliantly hopscotches from person to person, from era to era, while somehow making all this fancy footwork look effortless and essential."
Lake Life (2020)
David James Poissant
"Lake Like is a lyrically inventive and emotionally generous novel. Poissant is a gifted chronicler of the fault lines that lie just below family life."
Want (2020)
Lynn Steger Strong
"A deeply intelligent and sneakily moving novel about having the ground fall away beneath your feet. Strong ingeniously undercuts conventional wisdom about what it means to be a success in this world."
Leave the World Behind (2020)
Rumaan Alam
"Leave The World Behind is that rarest of things, a beautifully written, emotionally resonant page-turner. Alam explores complex ideas about privilege and fate with miraculous wit and grace."
Shelter in Place (2020)
David Leavitt
"A wickedly funny and emotionally expansive novel about all the bewildering ways we seek solace from the people and things that surround us."
The Fourth Child (2021)
Jessica Winter
"A beautifully observed and thrilling honest novel about the dark corners of family life and the long complicated search for understanding and grace."
Friends & Dark Shapes (2021)
Kavita Bedford
"Astonishingly assured and full of razor sharp observations about what it means to live precariously in a changing city. It’s hard to believe this is Bedford’s first novel."
Wild Pets (2021)
Amber Medland
"A wickedly funny and emotionally complex novel."
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness (2021)
Claire Vaye Watkins
"There's some kind of genius sorcery in this novel. It's startlingly original, hilarious and harrowing by turns, finally transcendent. Watkins writes like an avenging angel. It's thrilling and terrifying to stand in her wake."

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