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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 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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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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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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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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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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Wonderful book!

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

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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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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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Stay with it

I almost gave up as I found the story slow and hard to engage with for at least the first 20 minutes but after that I was so pleased I’d stayed with it. I can only think that the reviews I’ve read that are not favourable are the result of people not getting past the first chapter or two.

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Self absorption and egotistical

Well written but the protagonist was so self absorbed and selfish that I didn’t like her, didn’t care if she succeeded or not. Very American in that false self deprecated way of pretending they are fragile, a victim , unworthy when their self belief, their ego and self importance is sky high.

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Loved this book

Lyrical, engrossing, unusual study of grief, depression and love. I found it totally uplifting - highly recommended