The English Experience: A Novel (The Dear Committee Trilogy #3) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 3 in the The Dear Committee Trilogy series.
A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR • Beleaguered Professor Jason Fitger chaperones Payne University’s annual “Experience: Abroad” to London and beyond, with eleven undergrads in tow • The bestselling author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement completes her hilarious trilogy of academic mishap
“Wise and hilarious and heartbreaking.”—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls
Jason Fitger may be the last faculty member the dean wants for the job, but he’s the only professor available to chaperone Payne University’s annual “Experience: Abroad” (he has long been on the record objecting to the absurd and gratuitous colon between the words) occurring during the three weeks of winter term. Among his charges are a claustrophobe with a juvenile detention record, a student who erroneously believes he is headed for the Caribbean, a pair of unreconciled lovers, a set of undifferentiated twins, and one young woman who has never been away from her cat before.
Through a sea of troubles—personal, institutional, and international—the gimlet-eyed, acid-tongued Fitger strives to navigate safe passage for all concerned, revealing much about the essential need for human connection and the sometimes surprising places in which it is found.
About the Author
JULIE SCHUMACHER grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University, where she earned her MFA. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her 2014 novel, Dear Committee Members, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor; she is the first woman to have been so honored. She lives in St. Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota.
Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by LitHub
“Schumacher’s skewering of academia remains sharp as ever… fans of the first two entries will find much to like here… [a] worthy final adventure.”
"Julie Schumacher’s novel completes her trilogy of biting send-ups of academia, starring a hapless English professor...the perfect back-to-school novel for cynics."
—The Washington Post
“Comfortably sitting alongside classic academic satires such as Kingsley Amis’ Lucky Jim and David Lodge’s Changing Places, Schumacher's trilogy brilliantly skewers the soulless, administrator-led world of contemporary universities, concluding with this edifying and satisfying novel.”
"Julie Schumacher’s The English Experience is as wise and hilarious and heartbreaking novel as we’re likely to get this year. Even more impressive is the fact that she makes it all look so easy.”
—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Somebody’s Fool
“Schumacher’s third novel focusing on academic misadventures…features her melodic sentences and trademark witticisms…a witty academic farce…[that] captures the wry humor of study abroad adventures.”
"The English Experience can be read as a very clever farce about shepherding clueless American students through their study abroad program, or as an careful dissection of the education system itself, depending on whether or not the reader has ever taught at a small liberal arts college. Either way, Julie Schumacher packs us in the suitcase and takes us along for the hilarious, harrowing ride."
—Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House