Dept. of Speculation - Chapters 15-16 Summary & Analysis

Jenny Offill
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Chapter 15

The protagonist discusses some of the things she’s learned about space since working as a ghostwriter for Almost Astronaut. She recalls a story about Vladimir Komarov, a famous astronaut who ultimately ended up dying on his return trip to Earth. Before he died, he got in a fight with his wife about affairs. The character Almost Astronaut doesn’t seem to care about this though and instead wants the protagonist to come up with what he deems to be more interesting facts.

Meanwhile, the family continues to struggle with bugs. They take turns taking their daughter out while the other stays behind to spray the apartment with poison to get rid of the bugs. The family doesn’t send out a Christmas letter, but the main character muses on what she would write if they were to send them out. She...

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