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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 31 she is in debt and directionless, and feels too old to be that way - it’s strange, not to 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, torn 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.

©2020 Lily King (P)2020 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"Exuberant and affirming, it's funny and immensely clever, emotionally rare and strong. I feel bereft now I've finished." (Tessa Hadley)

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  • 06-17-20

Lyrical, illogical, illuminating

I loved this book! It’s like a tall drink of water after a long day walking through a very hot, barren cultural desert (think Palm Springs). The main character is silly, often ridiculous and so very very sorry for herself. The anguish and pain she goes through feel like self flagellation and that’s pretty much what we’re all doing every day of our lives. Beautiful. Buy it. Now.

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  • AM
  • 05-27-21

Ooooh, this is wonderful

I loved this book. Funny, clever, cute, deceptively easy and totally devastating. I wanted to be annoyed by a writer writing about writers and the highly exclusive world of it all, but King writes to well to be irritating. The reader was slightly mawkish but the writing shone through. Gorgeous.

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  • Jane Johnston
  • 11-17-20

Loved it

Well written - a brilliant, rich, satisfying, edifying, lasting and elegantly clever book. A rare find. Thank you. Highly recommended.

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  • KLD
  • 09-15-20

I Positively loved this!

I positively loved this book as much as I felt aligned to Casey!
To be 31 and feel so behind where you want to be in life in all aspects is no kind place to find oneself.
Lily King depicts each situation Casey finds her self encountering with more than just a sense of ...’I’ve been there reader’ but puts you right in her character shoes. I personally feel akin to Casey Peabody and hope this book brings the joy and reassurance to other creatives who have it in them to succeed.
I loved this, and will be looking through King’s back catalogue for more of her exquisite writing.
Writers and lovers ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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  • Carol
  • 09-09-20

Wonderful book!

First time I’ve read this author and was pleasantly surprised. Blown away in fact. Highly recommend.

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  • Mrs R G
  • 07-24-20

Beautiful

This book has a small world, is beautifully written and moved me emotionally in many places. You won’t regret buying it.

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  • RosieS
  • 07-11-20

Lovely story with more depth than expected

When it started, I was worried it was just going to be chicklit - but it rose far above this, with themes of bereavement and mental health. The protagonist is charming and relatable.
A couple of uncomfortable attempts at accents, but otherwise well read!

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  • 05-02-22

I absolutely loved it

It is a must listen audiobook for women in there 30s with a passion for literature or anyone who lost their moms or afraid of it. Stacey Glemboski the narrator is amazing.

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  • MISS H V JONES
  • 08-28-21

couldn't finish

clearly, I am in the minority. I wanted so much to like it. I am starting to wonder if some books are better as an actual book rather than an audio.

I kept trying and trying but I just found the story boring, a non story. slow. hard to relate to characters. just. boring.

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  • I. BELL
  • 08-03-21

Absorbing, moving and believable

I was completely absorbed by this book over several long drives, to the point where I looked forward to getting in the car and didn’t want to arrive. Casey’s vulnerability, chaotic relationships and anxieties are completely believable and I was rooting for her from the start. Her struggles as a writer were surprisingly engaging and I was sad when the book ended. One star off for performance as the range of non American accents required sometimes defeated the narrator who was excellent when required just to be American.

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  • 08-08-21

Enjoyable audiobook

I started the hard copy of this book.. but couldn’t get into it. So I started the audiobook (so I could finish this book in time for bookclub) and what a difference this narrator has made to this story. I really enjoyed this book- what an enjoyable, light audiobook to listen to.

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  • Tanya clarke
  • 06-13-20

Very cool

So enjoyable and beautifully narrated. An uplifting story. I hope there will be a sequel as there is more to hear from this character.