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Dear Committee Members

von Julie Schumacher

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Reihen: Payne University (1)

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Finally a novel that puts the "pissed" back into "epistolary." Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His star (he thinks) student can't catch a break with his brilliant (he thinks) work Accountant in a Bordello, based on Melville's Bartleby. In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies. We recommend Dear Committee Members to you in the strongest possible terms.… (mehr)
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Dear Committee Members
A Novel
by Julie Schumacher
Narrated by Robertson Dean

This is a book for everyone who loves literature, been to college, had a tough job, or just wants a short but intelligent and humorous book! I picked up the audio version from the library. The narration is spot on!

It's about a Professor of Creative Writing that is writing letters of recommendations and they are a hilarious! He is very honest in a clever way and then shares way too much personal information about himself!

The Professor is working in a building under construction where the department above them are getting a new overhaul. The literature department is not moved and they are in a real mess! Much like his life! We find all about his divorce, failed writing, and disgruntled work there.

Through all of this, we see so much humor and lots of heart too! He has a star student that just can't get a break. He tries everything!
This is one book I would definitely recommend! Humor, heart, and growth! ( Buy or Borrow the audio version! Definitely worth it!) ( )
  MontzaleeW | Sep 2, 2021 |
scathing humor. Has received tons accolades from publishers and librarians alike, for good reason. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I picked this up at random in the library and I’m really pleased that I did.
This is a delightful book dark, funny, desperate and despairing. It was a pleasure to read.
5 well deserved stars. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
One of my favorites for this year! Written in epistolary form, Dear Committee Members consists almost entirely of Letters of Recommendation written by a beleaguered, curmudgeonly English professor at a fictitious Midwestern university. Beginning at the first part of the academic term, it follows a year in the life of Jason Fitger as he tries, unsuccessfully, to promote the work of one of his graduate students who is writing a “promising” novel, and includes Letters of Recommendation for other students he barely knows (or likes)! Within the letters Jay inserts extremely sardonic, passive-aggressive and downright hilarious commentary about all sorts of things going on in the English department where he works.

Sparing none of his colleagues or ex-wives or girlfriends, we learn that Jay had one successful novel published as the result of attending a writing seminar some 20 years ago and used personal details of his own life in the fictional novel which destroyed a number of personal relationships. Other written communications in this short novel reveal his attempts to repair some of those relationships.

Dear Committee Members is an extremely well-written literary novel that puts the "pissed" in epistolary, and it has many laugh-out-loud moments. It is full of academic shenanigans and bitter back-stabbing, but also contains themes of aging, the fear of failure, perseverance, and is not necessarily a happily-ever-after tale. Still, I loved it so much.

The author continues the story of Jason Fitger in The Shakespeare Requirement, which was published this year. ( )
  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
A painful, funny, painfully funny epistolary novel about the dark secrets of academia and human failings. I cringed...and I laughed. Well worth it. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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Julie SchumacherHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Dean, RobertsonErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Mahon, EmilyUmschlaggestalterCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Finally a novel that puts the "pissed" back into "epistolary." Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His star (he thinks) student can't catch a break with his brilliant (he thinks) work Accountant in a Bordello, based on Melville's Bartleby. In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies. We recommend Dear Committee Members to you in the strongest possible terms.

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