'Weather’ by Jenny Offill is a funny, daring novel about finding meaning in uncertain times


‘Weather’by Jenny Offill, Knopf, 2020, 201 pages, $23.95


There’s a definite feeling of dread that permeates the pages of “Weather,” the latest novel from Jenny Offill.

“Last Things,” her first novel, was selected a Notable Book of the Year for 1999 by The New York Times. It is a book of constant surprise. Her 2014 novel, “Dept. of Speculation” — the title is how the main character refers to the conventionality of her marriage — won her an audience mesmerized by the complex brilliance of her work.