Writers & Lovers: A Novel

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HarperCollins Canada, Mar 3, 2020 - Fiction - 336 pages
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An extraordinary new novel of art, love and ambition from Lily King, the New York Times–bestselling author of Euphoria, which sold over 400,000 copies in North America.

Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with 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, mouldy 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 on to 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 humour, 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. 

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User Review  - ASKelmore - LibraryThing

Best for: Those who enjoy a well done love triangle that doesn’t consume the main character. In a nutshell: In the late 90s, writer Casey is working in a restaurant, trying to finish a novel six years ... Read full review

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User Review  - carolfoisset - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed these characters. Type of book I wanted to keep reading because I felt connected to the characters and wanted to know what would happen next in their lives. Entertaining and engaging read. Read full review

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About the author (2020)

LILY KING is the New York Times–bestselling author of five novels: The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, Euphoria and Writers & Lovers, and a story collection, Five Tuesdays in Winter. Her work has won numerous prizes, including the Kirkus Prize, the New England Book Award for fiction, the Maine Literary Award and the Whiting Award. She was also the winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Lily King lives in Portland, Maine.

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