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Dear Committee Members af Julie Schumacher
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Dear Committee Members (udgave 2015)

af Julie Schumacher (Forfatter)

Serier: 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.… (mere)
Medlem:emilyjean
Titel:Dear Committee Members
Forfattere:Julie Schumacher (Forfatter)
Info:Anchor (2015), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Dear Committee Members af Julie Schumacher

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This is without doubt, one of the best books I have ever read. Each page is filled with brilliant literal laugh out loud moments. I am going to have to read it a second time to fully appreciate the satire and wit.

Written in epistolary style, the book is a collection of letters of recommendation written by the fictional Jay Fitger, Professor of Creative Writing, Payne University. He is prevailed upon to write these letters of recommendation by his former students, advisees, and colleagues, for various and sundry jobs ranging from data entry, food service to a paintball emporium.

Each LOR is filled with wit, humor, and satire. Mixed in with the recommendation is insight into Professor Fitger’s pallid work conditions. He is working in a building under construction with the wrecking ball outside the window, cords up and down the hall, and asbestos in the air. His department is being phased out and he is envious that the Economics Department has been relocated from the building to more comfortable quarters.

There is a thread that connects these letters; they are not just random letters of recommendation. Throughout the book, he is championing an advisee and student, Darren Browles, who is struggling financially and in need of funding or a residency. Some of the letters are to his ex-wife, who works in the admissions department of the law school. These letters offer great insight into their prior marriage. Also are letters to an ex-girlfriend that include references to an incident with an artichoke salad.

To say Professor Fitger is technologically challenged would be an understatement. Some of the recommendations require input into an online form, which frustrate Fitger to no end. He verbose style cannot seem to grasp the concept of the limit on the number of characters on the form.

This is a great book, one I highly recommend. It is rather short and can be quickly read, but will probably (as in my case) require a second read to fully appreciate the writing of Mrs. Schumacher. ( )
  dwcofer | Oct 29, 2021 |
I have never heard of an epistolary novel until I read this book. This book is a series of letters, memos and letters of recommendation from professor of English and Creative Writing Jason Fitger. I happened to read this book in bed while my wife was sleeping and I disturbed her due to my laughter. Fitger is a cynical and crotchety middle-age professor in a struggling English department in a struggling college. He obviously does not suffer fools gladly and says what's on his mind very humorously and sarcastically. There are Fitgers in all types of fields and businesses. In various ways, I identified with Fitger and wished I had his command of language to make a point.

His letters of recommendation for current and former students as well as other college professors are very humorous. Frankly, they are the template for how many letters of recommendation should be drafted and distributed.

Despite all the humor, there is a bit of a tragedy as Fitger desperately tries to promote a protégé with little success. How that ends, is a bit of a downer. This book was a dramatic change of pace for me and I enjoyed it very much. Very funny! Very true! ( )
  writemoves | Oct 26, 2021 |
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 |
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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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