Watch out: Jenny Offill’s new novel, Weather (Knopf), comes in a ‘package’ that is small physically, but that packs a huge wallop. The author of Last Things, While You Were Napping, and Dept. of Speculation has done it this time.
“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.”—Esquire.
“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.
“No one writes about the intersection of love and existential despair like Jenny Offill.” –Jia Tolentino.
“This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy.” –Ocean Vuong.