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 has 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.
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About the Author
Lily King is the award-winning 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," finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Kirkus Prize. She lives in Maine.
"My favorite of Lily King's books so far. Exuberant and affirming, it's funny and immensely clever, emotionally rare and strong. I feel bereft now I've finished."-- "Tessa Hadley, author of Late in the Day"
"If you loved The Friend but wish it had had more sex and waitressing, get ready for Lily King's Writers and Lovers. Delicious."-- "Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author"
[A] charmingly written coming of age story."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"Elegant, droll...The nimble, astute narration appeals. This meditation on the passing of youth is touching and ruefully funny."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Gorgeous!"-- "Elizabeth Strout, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
"While never minimizing the seriousness of Casey's personal problems, the book is also funny and romantic and hard to put down, full of well-observed details of restaurant culture and writer's workshops. It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't root for Casey."-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
"This deep dive of a novel will stay with me forever."-- "Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
[Lily's] payoff-heavy fifth novel."-- "Shelf Awareness"