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Writers & Lovers

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  66,823 ratings  ·  8,549 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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Karissa Ostheimer Agreed. Panic disorders don't magically lift their grasp on sufferers as soon as things start working out for them. I also don't like how quick and ea…moreAgreed. Panic disorders don't magically lift their grasp on sufferers as soon as things start working out for them. I also don't like how quick and easy her breakup with Oscar was. What about his sons and how close they'd gotten? (less)
Joyce I also re-read that, and concluded it was the father’s mother’s ring, that the father had originally given to Casey’s mother. I would have been angry …moreI also re-read that, and concluded it was the father’s mother’s ring, that the father had originally given to Casey’s mother. I would have been angry with Casey’s character, had she given in to greedy Ann...(less)

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David Putnam
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! That’s two “Wows, readers stand up and take notice. I can say with great confidence that I have found my favorite book of 2020. And that’s saying something.
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
Ron Charles
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please don’t do this. Don’t write a novel about trying to write a novel. It’s cliche and insular and lazy. Just don’t do it.

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
Angela M
This is an introspective, intimate story of a woman coming into her own, a struggling writer, struggling to figure out her life. We meet Casey Peabody in 1997 in Cambridge, MA. She’s a mess, grieving the loss of her mother, burdened financially with over $70,000 in student loans and other debt, working as a waitress and living in a rented, mold smelling shed. She’s been struggling for six years to write a novel. Her romantic life is unsteady, reeling from a breakup and now unsure of which of the ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to JanB by: Susie | Novel Visits
Shelves: 2020-reads, fiction
What a joy to immerse myself into such beautiful writing and storytelling. Casey is 31, a struggling writer who is working as a waitress and saddled with crushing debt. To complicate matters further, she’s dealing with debilitating grief at her mother’s untimely death and estranged from her father.

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
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 strength…takin
3.5 stars
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
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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
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was deciding between a 4/5 or a 5/5 and then I hit the END and it is absolutely a 5/5 for me!!
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those in love with words
Recommended to Dolors by: The stars
Even if time is scarce to read these days, I could have finished this book in two days.
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
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 I’m not sure that I want to read it. Other people have rated the writing of this novel as wonderful, but I’m not impressed except with how she described one of the men wooing her—he’s a successful writer/widower/father of two who, like so many people, can only see what he doesn’t have and what he hasn’t achieved as he compares himself to oth ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
Casey Peabody, 31 years old, and working as a waitress in Cambridge, has a very full plate.  Her writing aspirations seem to be coming to nothing.  She is up to her eyeballs in debt with student loans, newly dumped by her boyfriend, and her mother has died unexpectedly.  More than plenty to handle, but destiny isn't finished with her quite yet.  

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
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 rounded up to 4

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
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Writers aren’t thrusters.”
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
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
The below review originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

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
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.
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“I don’t write because I think I have something to say. I write because if I don’t, everything feels even worse.”

In Writers & Lovers, Lily King portrays an intimate and profoundly heartfelt slice of life that brims with wry humor and precise observations on grief, loneliness, identity, and creativity. This is truly a gem of a novel, a wonderful display of bravura. King seamlessly blends together realism and romanticism, capturing with humor and tenderness
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this elegant coming-of-age story about a 31-year-old woman trying to find her place, not only among writers and lovers, but also within herself, after the death of her mother.

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
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I normally do not read a ton of Literary Fiction books, but I really wanted to read this book. I am not sure if it was everyone else's reviews of the book or the cover. I have to say I am really glad I did want to read this book because I really like it. The book Writers & Lovers follows Casey Peabody getting over her Mother's death, finding love, getting through health issues, starting a new job, and writing a book. If you have been thinking of picking this book up you should give it a try. I g ...more
Anne (On semi-hiatus)
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, 2020, audio
“I just find it extraordinary that you think you have something to say.”
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
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1997 in Boston in Writers & Lovers, where Casey is broke and waiting tables as she attempts to pay off her massive debt and pursue a writing career. Her apartment is questionable, her job is barely getting her by, and she’s reeling from both the death of her mother and a recent romance — It’s a lot for anyone to deal with, especially someone with a limited support network, though she does turn to her brother and her best friend when she can.

Add in a health scare, an arrogant landlord, and
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
This book was a struggle for me from the earliest pages.

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
Susanne  Strong
Review also published to Blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

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
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"I don't write because I think I have something to say. I write because if I don't, everything feels even worse."

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
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lily King is one of the most astute observers we have of that strange intersection of grief and desire, and one of the smartest writers I read. I loved this novel and I loved her heroine, Casey Peabody, and felt precisely her pangs of despair and her moments of transcendence, and was rooting for her page after beautiful page.
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.

Julie Christine
Proof writ large that a novel does not need to zap with plot twists or zing with Big Moments to be unputdownable. No exotic locales or dazzling characters, just the comfort of broken-in-blue-jeans characters that made me hug this book to my chest and sigh in the rapture of delicious, delightful storytelling.

Casey Peabody is a 31-year-old writer and waitress trying to pull her life together in late 1990s Boston. She is among the few of her MFA cohort of several years earlier who is actually stil
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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
Whiners & Lovers
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.8, rounded up

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
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 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
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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, bei ...more

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