Writers & Lovers (Hardcover)

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In Writers & Lovers, Lily King has written her most personal story yet, that of a young woman finds writing as her lifeline to emotional equilibrium. As she struggles over the manuscript, she is torn between lovers and still processing the death of her mother. This is a novel about the journey many face when all seems lost. King is the author of the highly acclaimed Euphoria. —Luisa

— From Elaine and Luisa's Picks: Spring 2020

You'll relish this story as much as the wonderful use of lavish prose laced with a bit of humor. Casey is a down-on-her-luck, wannabe novelist who is out of sorts after losing her mother to an untimely and sudden death, and losing her heart to a short-lived romantic relationship. She writes her book by day, and works as a waitress at a nice Boston restaurant by night. In between, she tries to make sense of her past and present, while feeling somewhat hopeless about the future, personally and professionally. It may sound like a set-up for a depressing story, yet it's anything but in the hands of King. You'll appreciate every chapter about this young creative making her way in her small world and finding love along the way. —Paula

— From Staff Picks - Spring 2020

March 2020 Indie Next List

“Casey lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, waits tables, worries about her debt, and falls for the wrong man and the right one. She dreams, she grieves, and she worries about her health. In spite of it all, she manages to finish her novel. Lily King’s assured, closely observed story is a loving portrait of Casey and the writing life. I don’t think there’s a single unnecessary word in the whole thing. Writers & Lovers is a joy to read, a gift from a writer at the top of her game.”
— David Enyeart, Next Chapter Booksellers, St. Paul, MN


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"I loved this book not just from the first chapter or the first page but from the first paragraph... The voice is just so honest and riveting and insightful about creativity and life." --Curtis Sittenfeld

An extraordinary new novel of art, love, and ambition from Lily King, the New York Times bestselling author of Euphoria

Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with another instant New York Times bestseller: an unforgettable portrait of an artist as a young woman.

Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Writers & Lovers follows Casey--a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist--in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Written with King's trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.

About the Author

LILY KING is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria, one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize. She lives in Maine.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780802148537
ISBN-10: 0802148530
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English