Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
reviewed by Andrew H.
A novel full of letters of recommendation? I did not really know what to expect from Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members, but I’m glad I picked it up on a whim. The writer of these letters, Jay Fitger, is a hopeless, self-righteous narcissist whose life is unraveling as he inadvertently ruins the lives of those who ask his help. Julie Schumacher is funny and this novel is cleverly crafted.
I was concerned, at first, about the structure being nothing but letters of recommendation. There’s a format, there’s a way of saying things, they do not differ that much from each other; I once had to write them for an organization that will go unnamed. Luckily Fitger doesn’t even bother with the accepted format of these letters. Schumacher unveils bits of plot throughout each one and, thankfully, Fitger can’t help…
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