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Dear Committee Members

de Julie Schumacher

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A Best Book of the Year:  NPR and Boston Globe
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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Very funny & probably too true. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
A library patron I hadn’t met before came to my desk saying she had a book suggestion, I began explaining about our online suggestion form and commenced filling it out for her until it became clear she’d just finished and returned the book to our library, and meant that she wanted to recommend I read the book—so I did. I too enjoyed the wit of the novel and the clever vehicle by which a story unfolds—a chronological series of letters, primarily LORs (letters of recommendation).

Trust an English professor (the female author gets to exercise her prowess with the male lead who shares her profession) to make a stealthy attempt to raise my Lexile level. Some of these words I had heard but couldn’t have used with confidence, others were completely new to me. I tired of copying them down, so this is an incomplete list (definitions compliments of Google’s online dictionary):
Imprimatur (person's acceptance or guarantee that something is of a good standard.)
Plenary ((of a meeting) to be attended by all participants at a conference or assembly, who otherwise meet in smaller groups.)
Screed (a long speech or piece of writing, typically one regarded as tedious.) ***Many will be surprised I didn’t know this word considering how many I have produced over the years.
Cipher (put (a message) into secret writing; encode.)
Divagate (to wander or stray from a course or subject : diverge, digress.)
Intercalate (insert (something) between layers in a crystal lattice, geological formation, or other structure.)
Encomiums (a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.)

It’s only 180 pages—if you’re a faculty member, or were an English major, or just enjoy good wit, I think you’ll enjoy this.
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  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
At times, so funny I laughed out loud. ( )
  monicaberger | Jan 22, 2024 |
mostly light, but fun - a view of the other side of academia ( )
  danielskatz | Dec 26, 2023 |
An epistolary novel about a disgruntled faculty member, Jason/Jay Fitger, who is writing an endless stream of Letters of Recommendation for students and faculty. It is funny in some cases, and in others, it is a venting of frustrations - with the faculty, with the office space, with people not responding, with former flames.
It is a quick read. Just OK in my opinion. ( )
  rmarcin | Nov 14, 2023 |
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A Best Book of the Year:  NPR and Boston Globe
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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