This is the exact book you need right now. Casey is 31 years old, deeply in debt, and splitting her time between waitressing and working on her novel. Her mother recently died, and she grieves her way into an accidental love triangle. Lily King has perfectly captured holding onto a creative practice while juggling the expectations and narrowing constraints of an adult life. Recommended By Michelle C., Powells.com
Synopses & 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 final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy 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 onto 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 humor, 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.
"Elegant... The nimble, astute narration appeals. This meditation on the passing of youth is touching and ruefully funny." Publishers Weekly
"Lily King writes masterfully about desire and loss, creativity and inspiration, and how each overlaps and influences the other...Her insights about love — how it is elusive and ineffable — and about grief — how it is something that you live inside — took my breath away." Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World
"Lily King is one of our great literary treasures and Writers & Lovers is suffused with her brilliance. It is captivating, potent, incisive, and wise, a moving story of grief, and recovering from grief, and of a young woman finding her courage for life." Madeline Miller, author of Circe
About the Author
Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria, one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize. She lives in Maine.