The Writing Class

By Jincy Willett
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312428419, 336pp.)

Publication Date: May 26, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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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.

About the Author

JINCY WILLETT is the author of Jenny and the Jaws of Life and Winner of the National Book Award. She lives in San Diego, California.

Praise For The Writing Class

"Willett's delicious satire savages every literary pretension imaginable."--The Miami Herald

"The Writing Class is alternately funny, sweet, and suspenseful. It's a mystery written for book lovers."--The Buffalo News

"Willett's zany humor is blended with intelligence and empathy for people worth knowing. . . . She is never boring, and has a way of bonding the reader to herself."--The Providence Journal

"A marvelous toy of a book, full of wry surprises and sly twists . . . extremely clever and quite enjoyable."--Booklist

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