Jenny Offill

And more inspiration from the Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill, who used the episodic form to create something funny and moving and compact and philosophical. The New York Times Book Review named it One of the Ten Best Books of the Year.

There is still such crookedness in my heart. I had thought loving two people so much would straighten it.

What the Yoga People say: None of this is banal, if only you would attend to it.

All right then, this thing is clogging the sink. I reach my hand into the murky water, fiddle with the drain. When I pull it back out, my hand is scummed with grease.

My husband clears the table. Bits of meat cling to the plates, a soggy napkin floats in gravy. In India, they say, there are men who eat only air.