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Writers & Lovers

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  4,236 ratings  ·  764 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 2020 by Grove Press
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JFN Honestly, this book felt like YA to me. Not only geared toward a teenage audience, but written by someone much younger in years than the author.…moreHonestly, this book felt like YA to me. Not only geared toward a teenage audience, but written by someone much younger in years than the author. (less)
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Elyse  Walters
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Boston University Bridge, connecting Boston to Cambridge, referred to as the BU Bridge, is mentioned many times throughout Writers & Lovers.

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 strengthtaking
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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,
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Well this is going to be a DNF... Unfortunately I could not get into this writing at all. Too dry and slow moving. I made it to 30% but I can do no more 🤷♀🤷♀🤷♀ Just not my kind of book. ...more
Ron Charles
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please dont do this. Dont write a novel about trying to write a novel. Its cliche and insular and lazy. Just dont do it.

Unless its this novel this wonderful, witty, heartfelt novel by Lily King called Writers & Lovers.

Writers & Lovers is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, its dangerously romantic -- bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness. According to the penal code of literary fiction, thats a violation of Section 364, Prohibiting Unlawful
Theresa Alan
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I found this to be an uneven novel. Lily King won a bunch of awards for her book Euphoria, which I downloaded a long time ago but never read. Now Im not sure that I want to read it. Other people have rated the writing of this novel as wonderful, but Im not impressed except with how she described one of the men wooing herhes a successful writer/widower/father of two who, like so many people, can only see what he doesnt have and what he hasnt achieved as he compares himself to other ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tight, riveting and intimate drama of a woman struggling with the debt, love and the death of her mother.

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 mothers 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 landlords dog. Shes thirty-one and rides an old banana bike
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
[3.9] Casey is mourning her mother's recent death and is stuck. She is having trouble with her writing, her restaurant job and the two men in her life. There is not a lot that happens in the first half of the novel and when things start changing, it is fairly predictable. No matter - I really enjoyed this novel! I like King's writing and the way she encapsulates a young woman on the cusp of change.

My ARC was discovered at the Strand Book Store in NYC.
My first 5 stars in 2020 and only five days in! Thank you HarperCollins and NetGalley for the advance copy.

I absolutely loved this book. It is nothing like Euphoria, which I also loved, except maybe the connection to authors and writing. If Lily King wants to make up more stories about writers and writing, what happens in their every day lives, their families, their grief over loss, I will be first in line for my copy. I loved the story of 31 year old Casey Peabody, $70,000 in debt from college,
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A 30-something writer with very little money struggles to complete a novel, dates numerous men, and lives life as a single woman in the 1990s. If this sounds like what Virginia Woolf hoped for when she penned A Room of Ones Own, well, were sorry to report that the future isnt as rosy as she mightve hoped (then again, her expectations were probably pretty bleak).

And yet, Lily Kings latest outing is a refreshingly rare thing: an actually realistic story of a young
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING. My review is in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'm so, so torn. On the one hand I think it's a very accurate capture of various versions of what it looks like to make writing your life (not easy, not pretty), several depictions of grief, multiple characters struggling with relationships, but overall the reading experience is fairly mundane if I'm being honest. On the one hand, we want books that accurately capture life, don't we? Or maybe it needs to be more than that to lift me out of my own life? I am struggling. I so loved her last book.

Jennifer Blankfein
Loved Euphoria and author Lily King has done it again with Writers & Lovers. We follow Casey, a writer, on a journey to find herself. I am 31, and $73,000 in debt. Ive moved 11 times, had 17 jobs and several relationships that didnt work out. Ive been estranged from my father since 12th grade, and earlier this year my mother died... What has been constant and steady in my life is the novel Ive been writing. This is been my home, the place I could always retreat to. The place I could ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Writers & Lovers follows Casey Peabody as she struggles with the unexpected death of her mother, trying to become a writer while working as a waitress to support herself, and dealing with relationships that never seem to be quite right. Casey has held onto her dream of becoming a writer even though most of her friends who had the same dream have given up on theirs. Casey has been working on her novel for six years, but can't seem to finish it. Meanwhile she has started seeing two men she ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
This book was a struggle for me from the earliest pages.

I just found this book to be too much. And Im 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 Ive never done that with a NetGalley ARC before and couldnt 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 gotten
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, fiction
It's not just about "that".

It's about everything.....

Lily King presents the character of Casey Camila Peabody in hues of once bright colors that have faded over time. Casey is the product of faulty decisions of her own making aligned with those of the people residing within her circle of family, friend and foe. She's adrift in a sea of could haves, should haves, and never haves.

It's 1997 in Boston and 31 year old Casey peddles her banana bike that creaks to the rhythm of things left to rust and
Anna Luce
DNF at 20%

When he kissed me he smelled like Europe

...the guy happens to be Spanish so yes, of course he smells like Europe. Us Europeans have a very distinctive smell...
I just wander what this type of pointless description is trying to achieve.
Unsurprisingly, I've come to conclusion that this book is not for me.
Not only did I dislike the writing style but I found the story to be both trivial and banal. The narrative tries, and fails, to come across as a subversive story that follows the
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I have always thought Lily King was an extremely talented writer. I discovered her back in 1999 or 2000 when she published her first book called, "THE PLEASING HOUR." I loved that book so much which is about a young girl who joins a family on a houseboat to work for them. She gets involved with the husband which creates a kind of love triangle in which the wife who hired her has a very strong personality. I became a fan of her ability to create literary fiction
Mar 04, 2020 marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
As I indicated in yesterdays update, I have decided not to finish this book. I do like Kings writing style but the plot/story here simply has as not engaged me. I stopped at 23% .

I will definitely give Lily King another try again in the future.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it

Lily King is an intrepid writer who has taken me to amazing placesto the jungle of New Guinea to explore South Pacific tribes in Euphoria and to an upscale New England suburb to explore the emotional complexities of a toxic father/daughter relationship in Father of the Rain.

In Writers & Lovers, she sets her sights lower, focusing on a young unpublished writer named Casey who is at a pivotal moment in time: her mother has recently died, her student debts are weighing her down, her writing is
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audible production of Writers and Lovers by Lily King, narrated by Stacey Glemboski. I love listening to stories when the narrators voice adds another dimension to the tale. Glemboski did that for me. She brought the main character, Casey, to life.

Saying that, Kings prose provides the depth of Caseys soul. Casey is 31 years old, carrying monstrous college debt ($71,000), trying to write her novel all while waitressing and making a paupers salary. All of Caseys friends are

Try beating this one. Just try.
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! What started off as a pretty slow read turned into a book I couldn't put down and I didn't want to end!! This story is one that, on paper, might seem slightly boring and while I will say the first third felt a little meandering my advice would be to stay with it because the writing is amazing and the flow of the story definitely becomes apparent. I found Casey, who's a waitress and writer struggling to find her way after her mother's unexpected death, to be so likable and a character ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writers & lovers was a controversial read for me.

I loved Euphoria of Lily King and started the book with high expectations.

I was also so excited to get it as an Advanced copy from NetGalley (Thank you Groove Atlantic) so I started it right away.

The story follows the life of Casey, who has just lost her mother, is deep in student loans, works as a waitress and tries for already 6 years to finish her first novel. Along come two men as well, to make things even more difficult.

The books overall
Sharon Metcalf
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
I love words and books. I love books about books and writing.   Also books about relationships filled with raw and real human emotions.   Lily Kings new novel Writers and Lovers had all of these and then some.     Perhaps it was simply perfect timing for me to read this one but the pace and nature of this story felt just right.     I've recently read too many books reminding me about human ugliness in various shapes and sizes, war on a global scale, Colombian drug lords and guerilla warfare, ...more
This is in fact a very good book and the author is talented. The books primary audience will be those of a younger generation, those in their twenties and thirties, those who are today experiencing what the central protagonist, Casey Peabody, is going through.

Casey is thirty-one. The year is 1997. Having finished her education her goal now is to become an author and find a mate, that special someone to share her life with. What she is facing is that period in life when one awakes to the idea
Mary Lins
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to receive Lily King's new novel, "Writers & Lovers" (coming March 2020) from the publisher, and only intended to "peek" at the first few pages, but immediately found myself as if on the back of a bike going fast - not in control and thoroughly engaged! I sped through this novel on my day off, and then didnt want it to end. (Its been the same with all her wonderful novels.)

When we first encounter Casey, the driver of this novel, it is 1997, her mother has recently and
Heather Fineisen
I love Lily King. In this novel, Casey is a server at a high end restaurant which is so spot on I dreamed about my own experience waiting tables in college. Cast is also an aspiring writer with an interesting and heartfelt synopsis centered around a character based on her recently deceased mother. She is looking for love and we get to experience the early doubt and witty dialogue of new relationships. Her take on other writers, her art, her debt, are just a few of what makes this character grow. ...more
Far from the masterpiece of King's previous novel, Euphoria. Unfortunately, the protagonist's journey is deeply internal. The stops she traverses on her path are important for her but not totally captivating for the reader.

Ultimately, it's a sweet story of artistic triumph that reads like a piece of autofiction. "Sweet" story is hardly complimentary, however, when I remember the depths plunged by King in Euphoria. I can see how this novel might be meaningful to its author, but I don't see it
Tinichix (nicole)
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
but when your mother tells you something about yourself, even if youve coaxed it out of her, its hard not to always believe it.

For me this book felt more like reading a journal or diary not necessarily an actual book. At times it had a poetic or indie feel.

It was a slow steady ride to my 4 stars. I was much closer to a 3 until about the halfway mark, I was not very invested until then, I did like the second half much better. I didnt find myself very attached to the main character. I didnt feel
Stephen P
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stephen by: GR Friend Proustitues general recommendation
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What happens if you are abandoned at an early age, then again, then again. Never provided the opportunity of having that parent within guiding you to, finding who you are, then to separate-individuate becoming the person who you are meant to be; leaving it just beyond your reach?

A self which does not adhere, existing in particles to someday be gathered into a whole. The scars and stillness of abandonment where writing her novel is the only place where she feels, home. This 31 year old woman has
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Lily King grew up in Massachusetts and received her B.A. in English Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several universities and high schools in this country and abroad. Lily's new novel, Euphoria, was released in June 2014. It has drawn significant acclaim so far, ...more

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