The Writing Class

The Writing Class

Book - 2008
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Living for the writing class she teaches at the university extension, reclusive widow Amy Gallup senses something different about her latest group of students when she begins to receive scary phone calls and obscene threats that culminate in a murder.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Picador, 2008.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
ISBN: 9780312428419
Branch Call Number: WILLETT J
Characteristics: viii, 326 p. ; 22 cm.


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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.

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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