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Writers & Lovers

Lily King



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27 April 2021
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 rented shed she calls home. Her one constant is the novel she has been writing for six years, but at thirty-one she is in debt and directionless, and feels too old to be that way - it's strange, not be the youngest kind of adult anymore.

And then, one evening, she meets Silas. He is kind, handsome, interested. But only a few weeks later, Oscar walks into her restaurant, his two boys in tow. He is older, grieving the loss of his wife, and wrapped up in his own creativity. Suddenly Casey finds herself at the point of a love triangle, stuck between two very different relationships that promise two very different futures.

Lily King's Writers & Lovers follows Casey in the last days of a long youth, a time when everything - her family, her work, her relationships - comes to a crisis. Hugely moving and impossibly funny, it is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another. It is a novel about love and creativity, and ultimately it captures the moment when a woman becomes an artist.
By:   Lily King
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   294g
ISBN:   9781529033137
ISBN 10:   1529033136
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   27 April 2021
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lily King is the author of The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain and Euphoria. Euphoria was a New York Times bestseller and won the Kirkus Prize and the New England Book Award for Fiction. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. King is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has twice won both the Maine Fiction Award and the New England Book Award. She lives with her husband and children in Maine, USA.

Reviews for Writers & Lovers

Romance, humour, a touch of tragedy, Writers & Lovers has what you want from a good, involving read -- <i>The Times</i>, Best fiction books of the year 2020 Dangerously romantic, bold and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness . . . this story of a grieving, struggling writer torn between two suitors delivers such pure joy that there may be no surer antidote to 2020's woes. -- <i>Washington Post</i>, Best Books of 2020 Smart, funny . . . somehow combining a crowd-pleasing literary romcom with a portrait of devastating grief. I loved its beautiful writing and light, intelligent handling of human fragility. -- Clare Carlisle, <i>TLS </i>Books of the Year A wry and funny account of a thirtysomething's struggles to become a novelist that deliciously sends up puffed-up male writerly egos along its way * Sunday Times * Wise, witty and generous-spirited . . . She's brilliant on the trials and tribulations of restaurant workers and the struggles of aspiring writers, complete with rejection letters and constant doubt that their novels are any good * * This book!!! I beg you to read it, I love it madly! It's touching and clever and the main character is so loveable! -- Marian Keyes King's writing is spirited, clever and funny, and her novel is better than most others you'll read this year. * Evening Standard * Smart, funny and a breeze to read * Metro * Puzzling and beautiful . . . Reading the book feels like waiting for clouds to break - a kind of gorgeous agony * Guardian * Infused with tenderness and wry wit in equal measure, Writers & Lovers is King's best book yet. * Irish Times * If you like smart, acerbic but ultimately life-affirming fiction, you'll love it * Stylist * Witty and affecting, Writers & Lovers explores where grit can get you, even when everything appears to be falling apart. * i newspaper * A smart, witty book * Daily Mirror * Romantic and funny, this smart, witty book takes a wonderfully life-affirming look at love, literature and second chances. * Daily Express * A vivid, funny and altogether real look at what living a creative life means for a woman * Elle Magazine (USA) * Writers & Lovers stole my heart from its first pages. I am in love with this book. In. Love. This deep dive of a novel will stay with me forever -- Elin Hilderbrand<b>,</b> author of <i>Summer of '69</i> Lily King writes masterfully about desire and loss, creativity and inspiration, and how each overlaps and influences the other -- Christina Baker Kline, author of <i>A Peace of the World</i> Intimate and vulnerable . . . Lily King's novel follows a deeply relatable protagonist navigating a whole menu of crises surrounded by a cast of genuine, vivid characters . . . The book occupies a small space, but packs it to the brim with humanity. * Entertainment Weekly * This novel will become a defining classic for struggling young writers. * Vulture * A comic and compassionate novel . . . With wit and what reads like deep insider wisdom, Ms. King captures the chronic low-level panic of taking a leap into the artsy unknown and finding yourself adrift, without land or rescue in sight. -- Maureen Corrigan * Wall Street Journal * A knowing look at the pursuit of a life in the arts, with a protagonist you'll root for. * Marie Claire * King has created . . . someone akin to Sally Rooney's Frances in Conversations with Friends . . . The novel is a meditation on trying itself: to stay alive, to love, to care. That point feels so fresh, so powerfully diametrically opposed to the readily available cynicism we've been feasting on . . . King wants us to keep trying, through whatever means necessary, to beat the odds. * Boston Globe * This smooth, deliberate chronicle of creation keeps the men in their place and Casey firmly rooted at the center of her own story. Instead of casting her as a woman torn between archetypes of male creativity, Writers & Lovers portrays her as a woman in thrall to her own generative processes, a devotee to the art of (her own) attention . . . a classic bildungsroman for struggling artists everywhere. * Los Angeles Times * Gorgeous -- Elizabeth Strout, author of <i>My Name is Lucy Barton</i> Unflinching and ultimately buoyant in its depiction of the courage and grit required to stay creative, this is essential reading for any aspiring author * Mail on Sunday * My favourite 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<i> Late in The Day</i> Delightful . . . warm, funny and sharply observed . . . an affecting, uplifting exploration of the risks and rewards of opening up * Daily Mail * I loved this book from the first paragraph . . . honest and riveting and insightful about creativity and life. -- Curtis Sittenfeld A novel with the broad embrace of a 1990s Richard Curtis film . . . There's romance, there's a moral journey and there are characters with amusing foibles. What's more, the gags are impeccable. It's a story sweetly poised between hard truths and hilarity, in which the heroine discovers she has what it takes to not only endure but prevail. And that's a message we all need in these difficult times. * Sunday Times * A wry and perceptive coming-of-age story -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer * Writers & Lovers made me happy . . . suffused with hopefulness and kindness. Lily King writes with a great generosity of spirit. -- Ann Patchett Exquisite . . . a warm and bouyant romance -- Book of the Week * Sunday Telegraph * 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 <i>Circe</i>

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