(I Suggested the Peter Mountford reading at Hugo House tonight, but you should also know that Jenny Offill is reading tonight at Elliott Bay Book Company at 7 pm. Both readings are free. I wish they weren't at the exact same time.)
Speculation's narrator, who refers to herself as "the wife," can't seem to be a willing participant in her marriage, because she's too busy observing everything to understand that her husband is slowly slipping away. She writes about her relationship with the distance and the condescension of a slightly disappointed zoologist. A writer in her free time, the wife comes up with ideas for "really American" fortune cookies:
Objects create happiness.
The animals are pleased to be of use.
Your cities will shine forever.
Death will not touch you.