Writers & Lovers (Hardcover)

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You may already know Lily King from her NY Times bestselling book Euphoria. It took the book world by storm in 2014. Following that kind of success isn't an easy task, but she has done it. Writers and Lovers is a story about Casey, a young woman in 1997 who just moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts after the sudden death of her mother. Lost and unsure of what to do with her life, she gets a job as a waitress all the while writing the novel she has been working on for years. Determined to live a creative life, she is willing to risk everything to leave a mark on this world.
Writers and Lovers is painfully familiar; it's a love story, a redemption story, a story about grief, and a story that forces you to feel what Casey feels. Lily King has managed to capture two entirely different emotions in this book, one being that you will never live up to your full potential, and the other being the hope that if you put everything you have into something you love, it will eventually pay off. This book will completely destroy you, then put you back together, piece by piece, better than you were before.

— From Zach

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


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

#ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today

Emma Roberts' Belletrist Book Club Pick
A New York Times Book Review's Group Text Selection

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


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