Dear Committee Members
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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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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Hilariously funny, thought provoking and poignant
This book is very engaging and laugh out loud funny. Occasionally it turns poignant. The protagonist is engaging, piquant and endearing reminding me of a few teachers in my past.
A truly awful read
If it weren't this month's book club selection, I'd have put it out of my insert after 15-20 pages. Pathetic waste of type.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Aug 19, 2014
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 192 Pages
- Language: English