I loved her 2014 release Euphoria and author Lily King has written another great one, although quite different, Writers & Lovers (Grove Press). We follow Casey Peabody, a writer, on a journey to find herself.

“I am 31, and $73,000 in debt. I’ve moved 11 times, had 17 jobs and several relationships that didn’t work out. I’ve been estranged from my father since 12th grade, and earlier this year my mother died … What has been constant and steady in my life is the novel I’ve been writing. This has been my home, the place I could always retreat to. The place I could sometimes even feel powerful. The place where I am most myself.”

Casey lives in a rented old potting shed from her brother’s friend Adam. With a low income, she walks Adam’s dog to reduce her rent. She has been out of touch with her father since high school and has given up on the dream (more his than hers) of becoming a golf pro. Unsuccessful in love, Casey has spent five years writing her book and is struggling to complete it. With her mother’s sudden death, she battles with grief daily as she rides a bike to her waitressing job and tries, but usually fails, to hold it together while crossing the BU bridge.

Through her writer friend, Casey meets two different love interests, a widower who is a famous author with young children, and a workshop student of his, a high school teacher. Multilayered and complicated, she tries out both relationships, always remaining dedicated to completing her book. “I write because if I don’t, everything feels even worse.”

Not action packed, but well written and inspirational, Writers & Lovers is about dedication, love and success experienced through Casey’s journey. A wonderful coming-of-age story with heart and soul to get lost in during these days of social distancing. I highly recommend it, especially for dreamers and those with a creative spirit.

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About Lily King:

Lily King grew up in Massachusetts and received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. After grad school she took a job as a high school English teacher in Valencia, Spain and began writing her first novel. Eight years, ten more moves all over the US,  and many bookstore, restaurant and teaching jobs later, that novel was published as The Pleasing Hour in 1999.

She is the author of five award-winning novels. Her 2014 novel Euphoria won the Kirkus Award, The New England Book Award, The Maine Fiction Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014, as well as on Amazon, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly and Salon’s Best Books of 2014.

In 1995 she met a guy named Tyler at her friend Bernardine’s house in Belmont, MA. They married in 1998. They have two daughters and two dogs and live in Portland, ME.