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About the Author

JENNY OFFILL is the author of the novels Last Things (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award) and Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen-Faulkner Award, and the International Dublin Literary Award. She lives in upstate New York and teaches at Syracuse University and in the low-residency program at Queens University.


"Genius. . . . Remarkable and resonant. . . . The right novel for the end of the world."
--Los Angeles Times

"Tiny in size but immense in scope, radically disorienting yet reassuringly humane, strikingly eccentric and completely irresistible. . . . Luminous."
--The Boston Globe

"Brilliant. . . . Offill's writing is often brisk and comic, and her book's format underlines her gifts. . . . Weather is her most soulful book. . . . Offill's humor is saving humor; it's as if she's splashing vinegar to deglaze a pan."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Darkly funny and urgent. . . . Offill is a master of the glancing blow."

"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

"Weather holds its own with the strongest examples of the new non-speculative climate fiction. It has the feel of a classic, the kind of book that future humans will read in order to figure out what people were thinking in the early decades of the twenty-first century."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"Glorious, dizzying, disconcerting and often laugh-out-loud hysterical."
--USA Today

"Time flies by in this wry story of a family--librarian Lizzie, her classics buff husband, their son, and her brother, a recovering addict. Apocalypse (climate and otherwise) looms over the narrative, and yet it is funny and hopeful too."
--Vanity Fair

"[Weather] 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. . . . A canny, comic story about the power of human need."

"An eerily realistic reflection on what it feels like to exist in a bubble of nonstop information."

"A beach read for those who like to worry about the beaches. . . . This is a pre-apocalyptic novel, and its subject is dread, not disaster."
--The Nation

"Like a sort of literary shadow box, the novel collects images and instances from the past few years, with the 2016 election as a clarifying point in this picture of a fraught and fragmenting world. . . . One of the wonders of Offill's writing is that her light touch lets us glimpse the very real dread lurking underneath."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Offill has achieved the near impossible. She has made grappling with the climate crisis not only important and challenging -- but also, a tough assignment, entertaining."
--The Toronto Star

"Another perfectly wonderful trip inside the mind of Jenny Offill. . . . [Her] fiction is such a pleasure to read. . . . The funniness of many of her sentences indicates how precisely she calibrates them."