Writers & Lovers

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Oh, to be a writer in Boston in the 90's.  It most certainly is not for the faint of heart.  But Casey's heart has already suffered greatly when the book opens, and you immediately are taken with this talented young woman who is barely getting by waiting tables and drowning in debt.  Past loves, possible new loves, working with horrible coworkers, panic attacks, all while trying to get a book published.  You will feel both pain and hope in this beautiful and raw look into Casey's world of writers and lovers. --Mary Laura 


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's 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.

Product Details

Publisher: Grove Press
Published Date: March 03, 2020
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 5.5 X 1.4 X 8.4 inches | 0.95 pounds
ISBN: 9780802148537