Writers & Lovers

A Novel

by Lily King

On Sale: 03/03/2020

Writers & Lovers

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Writers & Lovers

A Novel

by Lily King

On Sale: 03/03/2020


Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020

About the Book

An extraordinary new novel of art, love and ambition from Lily King, the New York Times–bestselling author of Euphoria, which sold over 400,000 copies in North America.

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, mouldy 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 on to 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 humour, 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. 

Critical Praise

“Delightful . . . An unmistakable broadside against fiction’s love affair with macho strivers, even—or especially—when layers of lyricism and tenderness coat their machismo. The emotional force of Writers & Lovers is considerable." — New York Times Book Review

“The love-triangle plot proves to be a nimble vehicle for exploring the book’s true subject—overcoming, and making art from, hardship.” — New Yorker

“Wonderful, witty, heartfelt . . . Writers & Lovers is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, it’s dangerously romantic, bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness . . . King has created an irresistible heroine – equally vulnerable and tenacious—and we’re immediately invested in her search for comfort, for love, for success.” — Washington Post

“A devastatingly clever, lyrically written story about passion, grief and growing up.”Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“King is one of those rare writers who can entwine sadness, hilarity and burning fury in the briefest of moments.” — BookPage

“Among the elements that make Writers & Lovers so winning are the perfectly calibrated little details, convincing conversations, and droll wit . . . Writers & Lovers is a book about passion, desire, grief, determination, and finding one's way. It's also about craving love, family, and success . . . generously infused with heart and soul and wit and wisdom.” — NPR

“King’s gift is to suspend the reader, to make the wait for resolution fascinating.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Seemingly light and breezy, the novel has an impressively steely core . . . Writers & Lovers has one of the most completely satisfying endings around, both surprising and solidly in character.” — Columbus Dispatch

“King has portrayed effectively and compassionately with well-crafted prose, evocative descriptions, and spot-on dialogue.”  — New York Journal of Books

“King weaves a kind of magic spell….When you finish her gorgeous prose, you’re likely to want more. ”  — Winnipeg Free Press

"One of my favourite books of 2020—if not of all time. " — Charlotte Herrold, FLARE Magazine

Praise for Euphoria

“Taut, witty, fiercely intelligent . . . King is brilliant.” — New York Times Book Review

“Intense, seductive, sexual, and intellectual . . . There are so many exhilarating elements to savor in Euphoria . . . Brava to Lily King.” San Francisco Chronicle

“As concentrated as orchid food, packing as much narrative power and intellectual energy into its 250 pages as novels triple its size.” — Newsday

Praise for The English Teacher

“Lily King crafts a domestic drama with the adrenalin-fueled beating heart of a thriller, offering readers the best of two traditionally very different worlds.”


Praise for Father of the Rain

“King is a beautiful writer.” — New York Times Book Review


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443460385
  • ISBN 10: 1443460389
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 03/03/2020
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / General

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