Writers & Lovers
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 ...more
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First a little editorial comment; the story is based on the trials and tribulations of a writer, a topic to which I can easily relate. Smooth, elegant prose I loved it. Thrillers and mysteries have much steeper story arcs that help hold the reader in the fictive dream. The arc in this book is all but nonexistent. The evolution of t ...more
Unless it’s this novel — this wonderful, witty, heartfelt novel by Lily King called “Writers & Lovers.”
“Writers & Lovers” is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, it’s dangerously romantic -- bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness. According to the penal code of literary fiction, that’s a violation of Section 364, Prohibiting Unla ...more
As Casey struggles to simply survive and complete her novel she dates two very different men, unsure which one is for her (if either). She deals with some medical issues while worrying about insurance ...more
Casey Kasem, rides her banana seat bike over the BU bridge to and from work. Each time Casey crosses the bridge — it feels like a monumental moment —symbolic—
a life in transition….a new start….hope for connection and stability.
As she pedaled across the BU Bridge, often at dusk, I got the feeling it was where Casey measured her healing, her strength…takin ...more
I have mixed feelings about this one, some parts of this book were so beautiful and stunning it nearly brought me to tears, and other parts of this book were so boring and slow it nearly brought me to tears. I loved the discussion about grief and how it doesn't matter how old you are, losing your Mother will always be terrible and awful and life will not be the same after. I feel like this book was hard to read because it's so depressing, but I could relate to a lot of the things this ...more
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Wow. I am kind of shocked by how much I loved this. WRITERS & LOVERS is the first book I've read that truly captures what it's like to be a woman in your late-twenties/early-thirties and not have your life figured out. When all your friends are in serious relationships or married, with real desk jobs and houses of their own, and you're still working a dead-end job and chasing the dream, while serial-dating like you're still in college, i ...more
But I didn’t want to. I made it last, oh yes, I made it last as much as I could because I didn’t want it to end.
I went back to highlighted paragraphs and reread whole sections, savoring the quality of King’s writing, the familiar echo of her protagonist’s voice, the fear and angst reverberating underneath the humorous tone of her thoughts. It all sounded so true, so valid, so spot-on.
Novels like this one are r ...more
I could have made a meal off the delicious scenes with Casey working in the restaurant, her interaction with the clientele and with her co-workers. The ...more
I was immediately drawn into this book by the intense sorrow of the main character, Casey Peabody. I confess I have a thing for melancholy in storytelling. My favorite movie is "Terms of Endearment" because I love when my heartstrings are pulled. As the book begins we get a strong sense of sadness in Casey. She is living in a garden shed, all that she can afford due to the crushing college loan debt she is only paying minimums on. She has been trying to finish writing a novel ...more
King has a way with words and her stories always are real-Real characters that you can empathize with.
I adored Euphoria and the spell she cast then. She cast another one with the character of Casey. The reality of struggling as a writer; coping with a parent’s death; debt; relationship challenges.and the downward spiral that can happen when one becomes overwhelmed with things that just don’t seem to be going right.
It just rang true in so many ways.
“I know you are dru ...more
On the shortlist of things one should never, ever say to a writer, “I just find it extraordinary that you think you have something to say,” would rank in the top three. Yet these words are carelessly hurled at the hopeful novelist Casey Peabody by her pompous Boston landlord early on in Lily King’s new novel, the aptly titled “Writers & Lovers.” Highly anticipated following her celebrated 2014 work, “Euphoria,” Lily King’s new b ...more
Casey is smart, funny, unassuming, and a little lost. She doesn’t have much stability in her life, but she’s not without the support of good people. She tells us this story herself, mostly in the present tense. Her struggles are our struggles, the stuff of life, told with beauty and humor in her specifics.
This book ...more
These words are spoken by our protagonist’s landlord after Casey, our protagonist, tells him she is writing a novel.
Just the words a first time novelist needs to hear. But he doesn’t bother Casey much. He is nothing compared to the grief and stress with which Casey is struggling. She meets these head on and with self-awareness, honesty and aplomb. As the stressors build she becomes very anxious but with the support of goo ...more
Add in a health scare, an arrogant landlord, and ...more
Just call it Love, Pure and Simple.
“Writers and Lovers” by Lily King is the story of Casey Peabody, a 31-year-old woman who knows pain and defeat and knows it well. A waitress and a struggling writer, Casey recently lost her mother and is $73,000 in debt due to exorbitant college loans that have taken over her life. Working two jobs just to pay the minimum, Casey merely exists.
When she begins dating two very different men, c ...more
Casey, a going to be debut writer, finds her life at stake with a mixture of faith to keep, debts to pay, housing to secure, healthcare to obtain, sandwiched in between a love triangle and panic attack. Writers & Lovers spill out on a real-world that is fierce and a fight to win for. Just like any fresh graduates, Casey embarks on a journey to fulfill a life of her own, almost breaki ...more
I just found this book to be too much. And I’m not sure why. The first half of the book was a slog for me to read. I found the plot to be very slow moving and the prose to be stilted. I toyed with the idea of DNFing but I’ve never done that with a NetGalley ARC before and couldn’t quite bring myself to stop as I was hoping I would enjoy the book once more of the plot was revealed.
And admittedly around 1/2 the way through I found I had got ...more
In this one a girl had to pretend she's a blue giraffe. A fearless one. Now I've seen everything.
Casey's mom is dead. Casey's dead is a jerk (quite literally). And Casey is struggling: with health, money and life generally.
She does lots of self-sabotage but there's one thing she does that settles here apart from other wannabe writers: she actually writes. Regularly. For several hours a day.
She's a polyglot. Has some sort of aversion of office work.
She does some clenching and uncle ...more
I want euphoria!!
And I don’t have it. King’s earlier book, Euphoria, made me haul out my pogo stick, but this one is pedestrian and had me walking briskly instead. Wait, I don’t mean it’s mediocre—it’s definitely a notch above that because King’s writing is so good. It’s a matter of plot. Euphoria was special because it was set in the jungle, with lots of adventure thrown in among the good sentences.
Writers and Lovers has no exotic setting or plot. It’s about a woman in her early ...more
Casey Peabody gets up early every morning to work on her novel, while trying not to think about her huge college loan debt, love, or her mother’s death while vacationing in Chile last winter. Casey lives in Boston in an old potting shed that smells of mold and decaying leaves. She get a discount on her rent by walking her landlord’s dog. She’s thirty-one and rides an old banana bike ...more
I think about how you get trained early on as a woman to perceive how others are perceiving you, at the great expense of what you yourself are feeling about them. Sometimes you mix the two up in a terrible tangle that’s hard to unravel ...more
My ARC was discovered at the Strand Book Store in NYC. ...more
A beautifully written, relatable story that feels based in truth, this is exactly what I needed to read right now. Probably not for everyone, but definitely for me.
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