The Writing Class

The Writing Class

Book - 2008
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Amy Gallup was a promising writer once--published and highly praised at twenty-two. It was all downhill from there, and now, year in and year out, she teaches a writing workshop at the local university extension. And this semester begins just the same as the others. But then there's a threatening phone call, followed by obscene threats worked into the student's peer evaluations. Then a murder--and every one of the students is a suspect. The clues are hidden in their writing, and she (and we)can solve the murder only by looking more closely at each writer's attempts at fiction. Hilarious, vicious, and elegantly written, The Writing Class examines the desperation, perversion, and mania of the writing life through an unforgettable mystery story.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312428419
9780312330668
0312330669
Branch Call Number: WIL
Characteristics: vii, 326 pages ; 22 cm

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Stargirl_0
Jun 01, 2017

I agree with others that the mystery isn't the author's strong point, but that's not what the book is really about. It's a funny take on writer's groups, dysfunction, loneliness, and a murder mystery. The main character's method of being a misanthrope rather backfires as she can't help but draw people towards her. She's talented, clueless, funny, and sad. Her blog post is hilarious, called "Go Away: A Solipsist's Commonplace Book of Lists", which features lists such as: Funny-Looking Words (lardoon, disembosom, blotto) and Hybrid Novels (Beast in the Jungle Book. On his deathbed, Mowgli is horrified to realize that he has wasted his entire life in the damn jungle).

cals_flss Sep 29, 2015

As a whodunit, it falls a little short, but the reader ends up liking the protagonist Amy in spite (and maybe even because) of her misanthropic tendencies. Worth a look for anyone interested in creative writing, or anyone who enjoys quirky stories with even quirkier characters.

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jtkretzschmar
Sep 17, 2013

Wow. This is the one word that came to mind when I finished this book. I'm a huge fan of Jincy Willett; I'm not sure if mystery is her best writing genre. I actually found the 'mystery' parts of this novel the most taxing and I wished she would stay with her usual hysterical and uplifting self. Kudos in being able to fool me the entire time about who the murderer was.

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