Books by Julie Schumacher

DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Truth is stranger than fiction in this acid satire of the academic doldrums."
A disgruntled English professor pours out his hopes, affections and frustrations in an interconnected series of recommendation letters. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2012

"Smart and insightful. (Realistic fiction. 12 & up)"
In a novel tailor-made for literature teachers, four unwilling high-school girls and their mothers join a summer book club with both comic and tragic results. Read full book review >
BLACK BOX by Julie Schumacher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Fittingly, the novel doesn't resolve neatly; although it ends on a note of healing and hope, its strength is in the way it allows readers to see the messy, ugly complexities of mental illness and witness the collateral damage it wreaks on the entire family. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Sisters Dora and Elena had been as close as "right and left hands laced tight together," but temperamentally they were completely different; Dora was the "storm on the horizon," while Elena was "the needle that always pointed to steady." Read full book review >
THE CHAIN LETTER by Julie Schumacher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 8, 2005

"A lively, enjoyable read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Do we make our own luck, good or bad? Read full book review >
GRASS ANGEL by Julie Schumacher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 9, 2004

"A gentle, sweet story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Frances Cressen's mother tries on religions like some people try on clothes. Read full book review >
AN EXPLANATION FOR CHAOS by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"Tuning one moment into the frequency of Flannery O'Connor, another into that of J. D. Salinger, Schumacher nevertheless shows the rare true strength of a voice in fiction that could become its very own."
In spite of periodic slumps into the hyper-familiar, stories from novelist Schumacher (The Body is Water, 1995) are also capable of ascending to the unusually intelligent, confident, and moving. Read full book review >
THE BODY IS WATER by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"An uneven—and, resultingly, thin—debut from a writer with talent."
First-novelist Schumacher conveys the pain of family life in wonderful, muted, edgy prose, but her story, shaped around a swelling pregnancy, feels hollow in the middle. Read full book review >