THE EXQUISITE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF DEPT. OF SPECULATION
Chosen as a notable or best book of the year by the New York Times, Village Voice and Guardian
To eight-year-old Grace Davitt, her mother, Anna, is a puzzling yet wonderful mystery. This is a woman who has seen a sea serpent in the lake, who paints a timeline of the universe on the sewing-room wall, and who teaches her daughter a secret language which only they can speak.
For Grace's father, however, the only truth is science, and increasingly he finds himself shut out by Anna as she draws Grace deeper and deeper into a strange world of myth and obsession.
Jenny Offill is the author of Last Things (1999), which was chosen as a Notable or Best Book of the Year by the Guardian, New York Times and Village Voice. It was also a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction Prize. In 2014, she published Dept. of Speculation, which was chosen as a Book of the Year by the Guardian, Telegraph, Observer, Irish Times and New York Times. She has also written several children's books, including 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and While You Were Napping. She lives in Brooklyn, USA. jennyoffill.com