In These Debut Novels, Young Women Feel Oppressed by Womanhood

By Marie Solis

By Rachel Yoder
238 pp. Doubleday. $26.

In Jenny Offill’s “Dept. of Speculation,” the narrator laments, “Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art.” In Yoder’s debut, the protagonist, at first identified only as “the mother,” eventually succeeds in becoming an art monster — or does she? Perhaps she is just a monster.

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