Writers & Lovers
'Exuberant and affirming, it's funny and immensely clever, emotionally rare and strong. I feel bereft now I've finished' - Tessa Hadley
Casey has ended up back in Massachusetts after a devastating love affair. Her mother has just died and she is knocked sideways by grief and loneliness, moving between the restaurant where she waitresses for the Harvard elite and the...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, ...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… ...more
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, ...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
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 ...more
BY LILY KING
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 ...more
“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 ...more
Lily King is an intrepid writer who has taken me to amazing places—to 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 ...more
It’s 1997, and Casey is drowning in debt from school loans. Her mother has recently died, and she tries to hide her exhausting grief. ...more
When we first encounter Casey, the driver of this novel, it is 1997, her mother has recently and ...more
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 ...more
She dedicates her mornings to working on her novel that has been in the works for six years. The restaurant shifts allow her to remain distracted enough that she doesn't have to focus on the loss of her mother and inspires her writing. One day, a well-known author is seated in her section and Casey quickly finds herself in love with two different authors, and on the edge of a big break that she may not be able to ...more
The title is so superficial while there is sooo much introspection in the story. Dealing with grief is never easy but this story definitely spoke to me. The writing was spot on. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
Casey has a debt-ridden life as waitress at a high-end restaurant while trying to make it as a struggling writer. She is challenged by relationships--especially with her mother--whose sudden death leaves a huge void and unanswered ...more
3.5 [not quite up to par with Euphoria and Father of the Rain, which were both 4* for me] This is a tough one as I found the book quite uneven--read or not? Very slow to get into, but then momentum picked up--about halfway through. And, for me, a disappointing ending.
Casey has a debt-ridden life as waitress at a high-end restaurant while trying to make it as a struggling writer. She is challenged by relationships--especially ...more
So anyway, by way of Synopsis; Casey’s life is a tangle of anxiety, debt and grief. She’s lost her mother, she’s been ghosted by her boyfriend, she’s being ...more
I wanted to read this because I loved this author's Euphoria so much. I liked this quite a bit, too, but it's a very different book, less fever-dream, more realistic contemporary fiction. I really connected to the main character and I loved the way she and the other characters talked with each other. I also loved all the little details, of waitressing, geese, memories of her mother.
Casey is going through some things- the death of a ...more
This story has the making of everything I would like - an aspiring 31 year old writer who works at a restaurant in Cambridge, MA in the 1990's, trying to complete her first novel while grappling to make sense of her mother's sudden death. It was executed perfectly! I loved the main character, I loved its witty tone, I loved the restaurant scene depictions (you'll appreciate the lingo if you've worked in a restaurant before), and the depictions of ...more
The forty-five year-old love interest sounded promising (he's successful and looks like Kevin Costner), but when he gives her a present on their third date, it's a brand-new shiny bike helmet. Ugh. (Worst "present" ever). Yet this book is not about the search for a guy or for ...more
The year is 1997. Casey Peabody has been working for six years on her debut novel when she has to deal with her mother's death, a breakup love story and huge debts. She is working as a waitress in a restaurant in Boston (Maine) and deals also with anxiety issues. 'Torn Between Two Lovers' (the ...more
At the same time, the language was also very 'obvious,' and the descriptions were, at times, very ...more