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Writers & Lovers follows Casey Peabody― smart and achingly vulnerable― at a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. She 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.
Written with King’s trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, WRITERS & LOVERS is a wise and transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.
Lily King is the award-winning author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria, one of the New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of 2014,” finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Kirkus Prize. She lives in Maine.