Dear Committee Members

Dear Committee Members

Large Print - 2015
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Finally a novel that puts the pissed back into epistolary.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Wheeler Publishing,, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410476241
1410476243
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 249 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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tjdickey
Oct 23, 2017

A beautiful and funny little tale told entirely in letters - specifically letters of recommendation (lukewarm and passive-agressive) written by a burned-out English professor. His love life is a shambles, his Department is a sinking ship, his career is stalled, and his personality comes out in every tiny word choice or political jab. Oh, and he corrects everyone's grammar, of course. Fitger is a loveable curmudgeon, and feel for the poor denizens of Payne University.

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HollyDavis022
Jun 23, 2016

Clever and funny. Great dry humor

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andreareads
May 18, 2016

There's a bitterly perceptive humour here, but in the end I was tired of the narrator's complaining and his conviction that he knew best.

JCLKariE Apr 23, 2016

Dear Committee Members is smart, snarky, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Cantankerous and eye-rolling inducing Jay Fitger has written over 1,300 letters of recommendation during his career as Professor of Creative Writing and English at Payne University. This novel is written in letter of recommendation format, making for an interesting read because of the way you must piece the story together from Jay’s perspective. This novel could easily lose steam because of the format. However, Schumacher finds the right balance between humor, insight, and weaving an engaging, intelligent story about modern university life.

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pdxalexa
Feb 09, 2016

I loved this book after avoiding it because I was told it was a novel made up entirely of a professor's letters of recommendation. So glad I gave it a try. Beautifully written, even if I didn't understand many of the academic-esoteric words. That was half the fun! Speaking of which, I laughed out loud more times than I could remember. An enjoyable "just before lights out" read.

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pdxdrm
Jan 15, 2016

Loved it! Laugh-out-loud funny!

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Revacard
Dec 10, 2015

It was as a good reminder that academia sucks! I had good laughs, and its an easy read.
The writer of the letters is a male, but his voice sounded like a female (that could be just me, and I apologize for that opinion). Also there were unrealistic moments in order to be funny. I was hoping more for deadpan humor or anti-humor instead of snarkiness. But again, I enjoyed the book.

jennrose Jul 30, 2015

If you love Confederacy of Dunces, you will find this book absolutely delightful . Prof. Jason Fitger is a well spoken curmudgeon and incredibly hilarious. A true comedic gem!!!

JCLHelenH Jun 30, 2015

Schumacher puts a delightful twist on the epistolary novel.

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JCLHebahA
Jun 08, 2015

As a former adjunct instructor myself, I loved this caustic send-up of academe told in epistolary form and have been recommending it left and right. Protagonist Jason Fitger would be an HR nightmare if he were real, but as a narrator, he's bitingly delightful.

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andreareads
May 18, 2016

Allow Malinda the privilege of laboring in your office for nothing (she’ll probably continue to work nights as a barista in the coffee empire), and I am confident you will be making, though perhaps not in the ways you might have intended, a remarkable contribution to her education.

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andreareads
May 18, 2016

Fortunate girl: to behold her ambitions still winking before her like stars.

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