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Publisher's Summary

By the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Writers & Lovers, Lily King’s first-ever collection of exceptional and innovative short stories.

With Writers & Lovers and Euphoria, Lily King’s books catapulted onto best seller and best-of-the-year lists across the country and established her as one of our most “brilliant” (New York Times), “wildly talented” (Chicago Tribune), and beloved authors in contemporary fiction. Now, for the first time ever, King collects 10 of her finest short stories — half published in leading literary magazines and half brand new — opening fresh realms of discovery for avid and new listeners alike.

Told in the intimate voices of unique and endearing characters of all ages, these tales explore desire and heartache, loss and discovery, moments of jolting violence, and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A bookseller’s unspoken love for his employee rises to the surface, a neglected teenage boy finds much-needed nurturing from an unlikely pair of college students hired to housesit, a girl’s loss of innocence at the hands of her employer’s son becomes a catalyst for strength and confidence, and a proud nonagenarian rages helplessly in his granddaughter’s hospital room. Romantic, hopeful, brutally raw, and unsparingly honest, some even slipping into the surreal, these stories are, above all, about King’s enduring subject of love.

Lily King’s literary mastery, her spare and stunning prose, and her gift for creating lasting and treasured characters is on full display in this curated selection of short fiction. Five Tuesdays in Winter showcases an exhilarating new form for this extraordinarily gifted author writing at the height of her career.

©2021 Lily King (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Depressing and Unfulfilling

Don’t waste your time on these disturbing, open ended stories. I managed to get through the first 4 hoping to like this collection but had to stop. Too dark.

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Finally a Skilled Writer !

I was about to give up on anything new ( to me)and then I listened to this wonderful collection of short stories. The various narrators were excellent as well.

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Outstanding

I was amazed by the diversity of characters and stories in this collection. Each story is complex and complete, yet sparks the imagination to imagine future events likely to occur as a result of the events described. I look forward to the pleasure of rereading and savoring these portraits of characters experiencing the challenges of being vulnerable humans.

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Yet another home run from Lily King

A year ago I didn't know who Lily King was. Now, I'm a complete convert and can't get enough of her. I particularly like "Writers and Lovers" and "Euphoria" (which is fantastic). I had planned to ready Five Tuesdays in Winter because I'll read anything King writes, but I'm not much of a short story person so I wasn't expecting much. Wrong! The book is great -- the stories are compelling, the narrators' voices are true, the emotional notes are real and insightful, etc. Oh yeah -- did I mention their stealth humor? I'm half-way through the book and already don't want it to end.

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Worth it

Each story is dramatically different in topic and character, making each one worth the listening.

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Don’t bother!

This is a rare story I wished I hadn’t listened to.
I made it through 3 thinking it would get better but it didn’t.
The 1st one especially, just ick!

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Excellent Writing

Well then, I've a new favorite writer, just like that. Moments in these stories were pure art.

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Interesting collection of stories

Mostly enjoyed this varies selection of stories. As with most collections, there were a few that just didn’t appeal, but overall this is an interesting collection, and the narrators were all good.

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enjoyable collection of stories

For years I was never a fan of short stories but, I have a new appreciation for them. It's nice to sit for a brief period and feel a sense of accomplishment in just a short period of time. In this collected of (10) stories The author touches on subjects that will resonate with most readers. From coming of age stories, stories about the importance of friendship or, a story about selfish parents, another about a stern grandfather longing to reach his comatose granddaughter through his voice or, any one of the remaining stories most left an impression. Each story made me think about just how very different people and families can be in different situations. Some stories made me smile, others made me mad or sad. Well done.

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This collection of short stories was absolutely delicious. I really loved Euphoria

but I didn’t know what to expect from these short stories

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