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Writers & Lovers: A Novel por Lily King
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Writers & Lovers: A Novel (edición 2020)

por Lily King (Autor)

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#ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today Emma Roberts' Belletrist Book Club Pick A New York Times Book Review's Group Text Selection Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with another instant New York Times bestseller: 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.… (más)
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Título:Writers & Lovers: A Novel
Autores:Lily King (Autor)
Info:Blackstone Publishing (2020), Edition: Unabridged, 1 pages
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Writers & Lovers por Lily King

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Retirado 2021-06-12 — Devolución 2021-06-26
Añadido recientemente porMysAnita, biblioteca privada, angelahaupt, WatervilleTownLib, arfaulkner, Rennie80, yourstrulyinthedark
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8% in. Too American. Tries too hard to be interesting and international ( )
  kakadoo202 | Jun 4, 2021 |
Dull. And. Pointless. Bloated novella, or journal entries awaiting serious editing? Especially disappointing after the amazing Euphoria. ( )
  joecanas | May 31, 2021 |
Casey Peabody is a 31-year-old aspiring writer struggling financially, having health problems, and sorting out her love life. She is also suffering from the unexpected death of her mother. While navigating her life as a writer, she deals with a world that doesn’t understand her writing compulsion. One inappropriate comment that Adam, her landlord, voiced was, ”I just find it extraordinary that you think you have something to say.” Lily King uses characters such as Adam to illustrate how difficult it was for Casey to persevere despite obstacles. Writing was her passion, and she says things such as, "I don't write because I think I have something to say. I write because if I don't, everything feels even worse."

While pursuing her dreams, Casey works in an upscale restaurant, rides a banana seat bicycle to work, and relies on her few friends to meet other writers. She meets two male writers, Oscar and Silas, with whom she has love interests. Oscar is an accomplished writer, confident and widowed father of two. Silas is insecure and unpredictable but romantic. It takes much introspection for Casey to figure out what she values in a relationship, and her creative process develops as she becomes more comfortable in her skin.

I loved the sensitivity of the writing and Lily King’s inclusion of so many literary allusions. It seemed that Casey, the main character experienced the gamut of universal human emotions—loneliness, abandonment, sadness, grief, precariousness, self-doubt, and eventually self-fulfillment. This book was a page-turner, and all of the major and minor characters were just like somebody we all have known.
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  LindaLoretz | May 5, 2021 |
3.5* for now. This was a light read unless you take on the anxiety of the characters you read about. I'm sure writers would appreciate watching another beginning writer work her way through the process. I was very meh -3* about the book until the last 25%, then it went up to 3.5, maybe even 4 if it stays with me. One of my favorite lines was from the psychologist who said "it's not nothing." That was the turning point for me as Casey acknowledged her reality. Everything was uphill from there. I'm glad I stuck with it. ( )
  beebeereads | Apr 23, 2021 |
Writers and Lovers is an incredibly moreish book – once you start to read, you just can’t stop. It has a spellbinding quality to it, even though the storyline isn’t 100% original. It’s just in the way the story is told.

The novel is about Casey, who is living in a shed trying to make ends meet as a waitress. Her passion is for writing, but she’s been working on the same novel for six years and it’s still not finished. Her relationship has crumbled and her mother has died unexpectedly. Casey is lost and barely hanging on emotionally and financially. Her solaces are small – with the friends she has left in town (the others having married and/or moved away) and the ducks that gather on the river. But things are slowly looking up and there are glimmers of hope. She meets Silas and things look promising until he disappears suddenly. He has things going on and at 31, Casey is weary of all the games. She’s falling apart physically (there is a ‘so-frustrating-it’s-amusing’ subplot on the absurdities of American health care) too but has to hang on to a job that’s becoming untenable for the health insurance. That’s when Oscar comes on to the scene. An older man and a writer to boot, he comes with baggage of a different sort – children (who are adorable), grief and experience. Suddenly Casey is caught between two men and things are starting to look up for her personally. Who should she choose?

What gradually comes to light as the novel progresses is that the story is not set in the days of mobile phones and internet. It’s set somewhere in the 1990s and Casey is reliant on two things for communication – her answering machine at home and getting messages at the restaurant where she works. It’s a nice little quirk for missed connections, waiting to speak to someone and just generally not being in contact 24/7. It also means that everyone is a lot more present and wanting to meet up in person – or even speak on the phone! Apart from this, the novel doesn’t seem dated by the setting. (If anything, it feels very fresh – the concepts might be familiar but the writing is superb).

Casey is a character with hidden depths. She’s a writer, and a frustrated one at that, feeling left behind by her peers almost like a fraud. She’s also hurting with the loss of her mother, which leads her to ask some questions at inappropriate times. She feels lost and adrift and this translates well to the page, especially when Casey is faced with conflict. There’s a great scene with her father in the restaurant that is both awkward and disgusting in equal measures. King is great at making the reader feel what Casey is going through. You can’t help but support her, even when she makes some silly decisions.

Writers and Lovers is a wonderful read with a great rhythm, almost mesmerising. I dare anyone to be able to put it down.

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  birdsam0610 | Apr 20, 2021 |
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I don't write because I think I have something to say. I write because if I don't, everything feels even worse.
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Marriage is the polar opposite of a fairy tale, my mother said.
When I was visiting her a few years ago she hugged me and said, 'Tomorrow after you leave I will stand here at this window and remember that yesterday you were right here with me.'
     And now she's dead and I have that feeling all the time, no matter where I stand.
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#ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today Emma Roberts' Belletrist Book Club Pick A New York Times Book Review's Group Text Selection Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with another instant New York Times bestseller: 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.

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