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[Epub] Writers & Lovers By Lily King – Vejega.info What a joy to immerse myself into such beautiful writing and storytelling Casey is 31, a struggling writer who is working as a waitress and saddled with crushing debt To complicate matters further, she s dealing with debilitating grief at her mother s untimely death and estranged from her father As Casey struggles to simply survive and complete her novel she dates two very different men, unsure which one is for her if either She deals with some medical issues while worrying about insurance What a joy to immerse myself into such beautiful writing and storytelling Casey is 31, a struggling writer who is working as a waitress and saddled with crushing debt To complicate matters further, she s dealing with debilitating grief at her mother s untimely death and estranged from her father As Casey struggles to simply survive and complete her novel she dates two very different men, unsure which one is for her if either She deals with some medical issues while worrying about insurance At 31, she is still trying to figure out life, what the future holds, and wondering if she s somehow gotten it all wrong I fell hard for Casey She s so likable, I was rooting for her from the first page to the last I wanted to fold her into my arms and tell her everything would be ok At certain points I couldn t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next, which is rare in an introspective literary fiction novel I loved her thoughts on books and what a literature teacher should be instilling in her students how I would have loved to have a teacher who thought the same I loved the trip to the art museum, reading her thoughts and how emotionally moved she was by certain paintings I loved the inside look at what it is like to waitress at an upscale restaurant, her co workers and patrons I loved the insight in into a writer s life I loved her interactions with two young boys who had lost their mother, boys who stole my heart.The skill of the author is how relatable and sympathetic she made Casey, even though my life couldn t bedifferent than hers Except for losing a mother I lost mine a little over a year ago and there were passages that spoke to me on a deep level, as only someone who has lost their mother can understand I love introspective novels where I get a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the characters, their hopes, dreams, successes failures, and insecurities I felt her pain and rejoiced at her successes, and wasn t ready for the book to end, although it ended perfectly An author is trying to give you an immersive adventure Lily King did just that and I loved it.I want to end with some quotes I particularly loved Casey on writing Her landlord says to her I just find it extraordinary that you think you have something to say seriously Casey is stunned into silence but thinks I don t write because I think I have something to say I write because if I don t, everything feels even worse On griefI can tell he lost someone close somehow You can feel that in people, an openness, or maybe it s an opening that you re talking into With other people, people who haven t been through something like that, you feel the solid wall I look back on those days and it feels gluttonous, all that time and love and life ahead..and my mother on the other end of the line She will want to know that But I can t tell her That s the wall I always slam into on a good morning like this My mother will be worrying about me, and I can t tell her that I m okay You don t realize how much effort you ve put into covering things up until you try to dig them out Other favorite quotesNearly every guy I ve dated believed they should already be famous, believed that greatness was their destiny and they were already behind schedule.I thought I was just choosing delusional men Now I understand it s how boys are raised to think, how they are lured into adulthood I ve met ambitious women, driven women, but no woman has ever told me that greatness was her destiny I think about how you get trained early on as a woman to perceive how others are perceiving you, at the great expense of what you yourself are feeling about them Sometimes you mix the two up in a terrible tangle that s hard to unravel It s a particular kind of pleasure, of intimacy, loving a book with someone 3.75 rounded up to 4I was immediately drawn into this book by the intense sorrow of the main character, Casey Peabody I confess I have a thing for melancholy in storytelling My favorite movie is Terms of Endearment because I love when my heartstrings are pulled As the book begins we get a strong sense of sadness in Casey She is living in a garden shed, all that she can afford due to the crushing college loan debt she is only paying minimums on She has been trying to finish writing a novel 3.75 rounded up to 4I was immediately drawn into this book by the intense sorrow of the main character, Casey Peabody I confess I have a thing for melancholy in storytelling My favorite movie is Terms of Endearment because I love when my heartstrings are pulled As the book begins we get a strong sense of sadness in Casey She is living in a garden shed, all that she can afford due to the crushing college loan debt she is only paying minimums on She has been trying to finish writing a novel for the last six years She has a regular practice of getting up pre dawn for some dedicated writing time, before hopping onto her bicycle and pedalling to her waitress job at The Iris A huge part of her sadness is because her mother suddenly passed away in recent months Her mother had been on a trip with friends, and there was no conclusive medical reason as to why she died without warning in hospital Casey is still reeling from this, along with the financial burden that weighs so heavily upon her At the beginning of the book when Casey was riding to her waitress job on her bicycle, just feeling as if she would fall apart physically, weeping she had me hooked in emotionally Oddly enough, my favorite parts of the book were when Casey was waitressing at The Iris, an upscale eatery I loved reading about all the little behind the scenes details of how a restaurant runs, and the many intricate steps to setting up the dining room before clientele arrive, taking the orders, serving, dealing with the chefs, etc Being a waitress has to be one of the hardest jobs, and Casey worked her butt off at this dual level establishment My favorite glimpse into working at The Iris was when she was carefully setting up an outside deck area with candlelit tables, the view complimented by lots of greenery and flowers.An area of conflict in the book was Casey deciding between two very different boyfriends Both were writers Silas was a young, up and coming never been published writer like Casey, who drove a lime green LeCar, still unsettled and finding himself, just like Casey At the other side of the spectrum, Oscar was already a successful published author who had book signing tours, a beautiful home, and was widowed with two young sons Casey clearly had a lot of stress and sadness to deal with She would have a clenching regimen going up and down her body to somehow deal with her anxiety She also had difficulty sleeping I kept thinking, she needs someone to take care of her Casey s brother Caleb visited briefly towards the end of the book and for some reason this section had me disengaging For me, it detracted from the story, didn t add anything to it It had me slightly skimming.In summation, I have a thing for quiet reads and I would include this in that genre Books that don t make a big splash, but speak to me about the simple movements, pleasures, and tragedies of daily life The technical writing style was good, but not as free flowing and easy as I would like I would rate this somewhere between a 3 and a 4 Thank you to Grove Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley Boston University Bridge, connecting Boston to Cambridge, referred to as the BU Bridge, is mentioned many times throughout Writers Lovers Casey Kasem, rides her banana seat bike over the BU bridge to and from work Each time Casey crosses the bridge it feels like a monumental moment symbolic a life in transition.a new start.hope for connection and stability As she pedaled across the BU Bridge, often at dusk, I got the feeling it was where Casey measured her healing, her strength takin Boston University Bridge, connecting Boston to Cambridge, referred to as the BU Bridge, is mentioned many times throughout Writers Lovers Casey Kasem, rides her banana seat bike over the BU bridge to and from work Each time Casey crosses the bridge it feels like a monumental moment symbolic a life in transition.a new start.hope for connection and stability As she pedaled across the BU Bridge, often at dusk, I got the feeling it was where Casey measured her healing, her strength taking personal inventory of thyself I m not sure if this book is for everyone I already saw a couple of low reviews which I read carefully respected , but for me this book was heaven I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did Euphoria.Casey is a 31 year old woman.She is struggling to become a writer.She was once a golf prodigy at Duke College at age 14..She is struggling to gain financial independence She has debts.She has medical problems..She wants romantic and sexual fulfillment Years ago, I once lived in a tiny furnace room with no windows unfinished walls for 35 a month in a large house in the Oakland Hills, while attending school at UC Berkeley It was easy to imagine the Potting Shed that Casey Kasem lived in there was room for a twin mattress, a desk, chair, hot plate, and toaster oven in the bathroom Casey s landlord, Adam, attorney and friends with her brother, Caleb , took an extra 50 off her rent besides already giving her a deal , in exchange for walking his dog, Oafie , each morning Conversations between Casey and Adam were limited Adam was not the guy or guys Casey got romantically involved with Luke, Silas, and Oscar are the lucky ones.But I had a great laugh over a morning exchange between Adam dressed for work in his spiffy suit and Casey dressed in sloppy sweats about to walk his dog Adam asks Casey How many pages have you written Couple hundred, maybe, Casey says I find it extraordinary that you think you have something to say Ouch Casey had been accepted to attend a writers group for eight weeks, Red Barn But, then her mother died.wishing she could postpone the dates but it was take it now or forget the opportunity She took it.and brought her grief from Bend, Oregon, to Cambridge making it very difficult to focus on writing Luke was from New York in the workshop with Casey He told her he lost a child and that he and his wife were divorced Not divorced but for a short time they had a thing together Casey even thought her dead mother brought Luke to her to help with her grieving Later we meet Silas and Oscar and their back stories Torn between two lovers Casey will eventually choose There was a hilarious conversation about choosing Ha, not wanting to share any profanity words to describe the dialogue between friends and Casey as to which guy to pick I ll just add the many friends of Casey s in this novel were wonderful I loved the atmosphere Lily King painted One night, Casey was watching other writers in the workshop enjoy the night air They were rocking in chairs on a porch The Sky was violet, the trees dark blue The frogs had started up in the pond across the road, louder and louder the closer you listened I found myself listening to Casey s inner thoughts louder louder in the same way Casey listened to those frogs I was torn between wanting to plow forward quickly to slowing down my reading to savior Lily King s lovely sentences I chose to slow down I loved many tidbits in King s storytelling Wandering through the Museum of Fine ArtCasey is on a date with Silas She remembers her mother use to bring her when she was little Casey Silas drift over to Art of Americans , and stop at a painting Sargent s The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit Considered the most psychologically compelling painting of John Singer Sargent s career I also love that painting It s a painting of the four little girls wearing white pinafores The conversation interpretation about the painting between Casey and Silas was fascinating I just liked it I also loved what Casey said when she viewed the painting If I could write something as good as right there, right where that belt cinches her pinafore It s hard to pull my eyes from it I don t know why it s so moving to me, and I could never explain There s a madness to beauty when you stumble on it like that I LOVE THOSE TYPE of MOMENTS IN LIFE I live for them, too I m a reader never ever claimed to be a writer in fact I hate writing always sure I can t get any of the words rightThank heavens for a little freedom on Goodreads We don t have to all be writers some of us just want to share and connect with others who might be interested in the same books we are But this is true I thought This book Was BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT PROVOKING INTROSPECTIVE REFLECTIVE I LIKED IT A LOT I loved my private quiet time with the characters the college town the restaurant the people, descriptions of foods, wines, plants, customers , the lovely insightful writing I didn t even want to write this review because I liked this book soooo much I loved little things that I m not sure anyone else would care I really grew from this book and its embarrassing to share that Makes a girl feel pretty small At the museum Casey and Silas were standing in front of Van Hogg s oil painting Houses at Auvers.then Henri Matisse s Vase of Flowers I was in enjoying their museum stroll I looked up the paintings on google simply to enjoy them.Those paintings alone slowed down my reading I was totally enjoying savoring Lily s new book And I was feeling sad wanting to really visit the New York Museum of Art I haven t been I haven t been to Boston I haven t been to Cambridge I actually had tears feeling the loss of a place I ve never been but have wanted to go In the meantime, I m writing a crappy review I m sure I need an editor , ha.of a book I totally loved There was a scene a little too close to home I had five surgeries for skin cancer two years ago which many people know I lost 1 2 of a nose Reading about Casey s squamous carcinoma brought back too many memories I d rather forget Living with the scars is a daily reminder in itself Casey didn t tell her dermatologist that she used to lie in the sun with baby oil Ha, not sure I told my doctors, either but I figured they knew Casey also got a call from her gynecologist who explained she had severe dysplasia on her cervix and needed to come in for a scraping So this young woman was dealing with the loss of her mother remembering the phone calls memories and the loved they sincerely shared together She was faced with too many bills Felt rejection and less than She was invited to ridiculously expensive weddings only to make a woman feel worse She longed for love passion and a creative meaningful life so easy to understand She had medical issues to seriously deal with ha know that one too And.she was trying to finish her novel ok, not me I m just trying to finish this review YEP.I loved this novel On Writing Casey says I try to write something new It s bad and I stop after a few sentences Even though I didn t feel it at the time, I got into a rhythm with the old novel I knew those characters and how to write them I heard their voices and I saw their gestures and everything else feels fake and stiff I ache for them, people I also once felt we re stiff and fake, but who now seem like the only people I could ever write about Thank you Netgalley, Grove Atlantic always grateful and Lily King If you plan to come speak in the Bay Area about this book I ll attend Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestWow I am kind of shocked by how much I loved this WRITERS LOVERS is the first book I ve read that truly captures what it s like to be a woman in your late twenties early thirties and not have your life figured out When all your friends are in serious relationships or married, with real desk jobs and houses of their own, and you re still working a dead end job and chasing the dream, while serial dating like you re still in college, i Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestWow I am kind of shocked by how much I loved this WRITERS LOVERS is the first book I ve read that truly captures what it s like to be a woman in your late twenties early thirties and not have your life figured out When all your friends are in serious relationships or married, with real desk jobs and houses of their own, and you re still working a dead end job and chasing the dream, while serial dating like you re still in college, it s hard to be taken seriously.But this book, it gets that.Casey is living in New England working a waitressing job she hates while trying to finish up her novel Her mother has just died, she has health problems but no health insurance, her student loans have defaulted and seem virtually insurmountable, and she s stuck dating two guys one a mature adult with two young children and a job with the respect and esteem she craves, and the other is in the same boat as her struggling to make it, still figuring his life out She flip flops between the two, afraid of committing to a course of action that could change her life forever for better or for worse.As an author myself, I ve read a lot of books about other writers and most of them don t get it They either romanticize writing as being this holy grail of careers ha in this carefree bohemian life ha where you meet interesting people all the time and drink champers over Proust ha ha ha , or else demonize it as being a career that attracts crazy people who use it as an exercise to exorcise their demons ha actually, wait this one isaccurate Casey falls in the middle of both camps She hates the pretentiousness of some writers, while also desperately craving that acclaim for herself She stereotypes people based on what they read I do this too LOL , she feels jealousy about others success, and she is afraid to read the works of the people she knows, not just because they might hate her if she doesn t like their work but also because it might be too weirdly, creepily intimate YES.Besides all the wicked observations about writers and readers and pretentious intellectuals, there s also just some really good observations about what it means to be an older young adult who is still trying to grow up while feeling as if they already should have Casey is immature but she s trying not to be The struggles she faces even though this book is set in 1997 are still relevant today, and it touches upon a lot of things that plague women, like fertility, sexism, being taken seriously as a professional, passion, domesticity, anxiety, partner intimacy, and so much.This is the first book I ve read in a long time that I feel really gets me I loved it Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 4.5 to 5 stars 3.5 stars I found this to be an uneven novel Lily King won a bunch of awards for her book Euphoria, which I downloaded a long time ago but never read Now I m not sure that I want to read it Other people have rated the writing of this novel as wonderful, but I m not impressed except with how she described one of the men wooing her he s a successful writer widower father of two who, like so many people, can only see what he doesn t have and what he hasn t achieved as he compares himself to oth 3.5 stars I found this to be an uneven novel Lily King won a bunch of awards for her book Euphoria, which I downloaded a long time ago but never read Now I m not sure that I want to read it Other people have rated the writing of this novel as wonderful, but I m not impressed except with how she described one of the men wooing her he s a successful writer widower father of two who, like so many people, can only see what he doesn t have and what he hasn t achieved as he compares himself to other writers The first 40 to 45 percent of Writers and Lovers is a snoozefest Casey has been working on a novel for six years and is in massive student loan debt because she spent her twenties traveling and not working She spent her eight weeks of a retreat mooning over a guy and not writing Now she s waiting tables to pay the minimum on her bills each month Her mother died a while back, and she s still processing that Her father is a nightmare While Casey gets along with her brother, he lives across the country Even with these hardships, I didn t love the character, although I did empathize with her anxiety and sleeplessness Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book, which RELEASES MARCH 3, 2020.Forreviews, please visit Well this is going to be a DNF Unfortunately I could not get into this writing at all Too dry and slow moving I made it to 30% but I can do noJust not my kind of book. The below review originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette On the shortlist of things one should never, ever say to a writer, I just find it extraordinary that you think you have something to say, would rank in the top three Yet these words are carelessly hurled at the hopeful novelist Casey Peabody by her pompous Boston landlord early on in Lily King s new novel, the aptly titled Writers Lovers Highly anticipated following her celebrated 2014 work, Euphoria, Lily King s new b The below review originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette On the shortlist of things one should never, ever say to a writer, I just find it extraordinary that you think you have something to say, would rank in the top three Yet these words are carelessly hurled at the hopeful novelist Casey Peabody by her pompous Boston landlord early on in Lily King s new novel, the aptly titled Writers Lovers Highly anticipated following her celebrated 2014 work, Euphoria, Lily King s new book is a slightly meta account of a young writer struggling to complete her novel.It s 1997 and Casey spends her days waiting tables at an upscale restaurant, and her nights attempting to get her first book down on paper while she battles anxiety, self doubt and grief An educated and capable woman in her early 30s, she s suffocating under heaps of student debt and grieving the sudden loss of her mother A child golf prodigy, Casey long ago gave up a potentially lucrative career within the sport to pursue a life in the arts and to put some distance between herself and her father The sport is permanently soured for her, but we get the impression she deeply misses the former feeling of mastery as she presently flounders.The majority of her writer friends have long since switched over to real jobs, only furthering the feelings of isolation and self ridicule as she toils away, wondering if there will ever be a next phase in her life Her desire to finish her novel a project inspired by her mother is strong, but calls from debt collectors and punishing shifts at the restaurant test her resolve.As if her existing stressors weren t enough, two men materialize in her life, one with whom she shares a chemistry that scares her, and the other whose life contains everything she covets Ms King strikes a balance between these two simultaneous love interests as easily as she did in Euphoria by avoiding the typical irritants of the love triangle dynamic and letting the situation instead provide further insight into Casey s unattended demons She inevitably must choose between the two men, but not before she spends time answering questions about her life she didn t even know she had.This is unquestionably a story about writing, but the prose is mostly barren of any mention of Casey s writing process There is no obsession with word count, no staring off into space in an attempt to pin down the perfect word, no fist shaking at the shapeless creative enemy, writer s block Her writing is personal, something she keeps close to the chest Even in conversation with another character about her work in progress, Casey desperately wants to change the subject Speaking about her novel, she says, makes her feel flayed alive Yet the act of writing is still the center point around which the narrative revolves Writing is Casey s constant yet silent companion, the most complex relationship she has in the novel The majority of the narrative space is refreshingly dominated by Casey s attempts to navigate the social politics of her restaurant job and make the right choice of man, but we get the sense that her writing is what helps her cope with these matters It is the means by which she resolves the internal conflict of her past and present, and her way of putting into words all that she can t say to the people around her.Throughout, we re tempted to forget the real writer here is Lily King, disappearing behind the story of Casey s first novel being born What at first appears to be a surface level, nostalgic venture into the life of a starving artist in the 90s slowly becomes an examination of all that writing demands and provides In this novel, writing is both passion and hardship, reprieve and punishment It allows Casey to close earlier chapters of her life and open to a blank page Writers Lovers is a triumph of a novel, as witty as it is profound A queen of nuance, Ms King hides an arsenal of emotional power behind quiet, intentional prose Nearly every word of this novel seems carefully and deliberately chosen, rewarding close readers and promising re readers an even deeper experience Most significantly, although Ms King s portrayal of a writer s life is brutally honest, it urges all of us to personally take on the agony, but also the sublime ecstasy of the writer s journey After all, we all have something to say, it s merely about finding the right words with which to say it It s 1997 in Boston in Writers Lovers, where Casey is broke and waiting tables as she attempts to pay off her massive debt and pursue a writing career Her apartment is questionable, her job is barely getting her by, and she s reeling from both the death of her mother and a recent romance It s a lot for anyone to deal with, especially someone with a limited support network, though she does turn to her brother and her best friend when she can Add in a health scare, an arrogant landlord, and It s 1997 in Boston in Writers Lovers, where Casey is broke and waiting tables as she attempts to pay off her massive debt and pursue a writing career Her apartment is questionable, her job is barely getting her by, and she s reeling from both the death of her mother and a recent romance It s a lot for anyone to deal with, especially someone with a limited support network, though she does turn to her brother and her best friend when she can Add in a health scare, an arrogant landlord, and the fear of rejection that all writers undoubtedly experience at some time or another, and Casey is overwhelmed She also meets two different men Oscar, a widowed father and successful writer, and Silas, a middle school teacher and fellow aspiring writer, closer to her own age She s drawn to each of them for various reasons Writers Lovers is the first Lily King book I ve read and I enjoyed it Though I grew up a few year later, I appreciated the 90s references, and felt like a fewwouldn t have hurt As an avid reader and someone who has casually dreamed of writing a book someday the premise of this story was interesting and I was rooting for Casey Thank you to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for providing an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Please don t do this Don t write a novel about trying to write a novel It s cliche and insular and lazy Just don t do it.Unless it s this novel this wonderful, witty, heartfelt novel by Lily King called Writers Lovers 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 According to the penal code of literary fiction, that s a violation of Section 364, Prohibiting Unla Please don t do this Don t write a novel about trying to write a novel It s cliche and insular and lazy Just don t do it.Unless it s this novel this wonderful, witty, heartfelt novel by Lily King called Writers Lovers 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 According to the penal code of literary fiction, that s a violation of Section 364, Prohibiting Unlawful Departure from Ambiguity and Despair.The narrator is Casey, a 31 year old woman clinging to her dream of a creative life after all her MFA friends have settled down, married up and sold out One by one, they ve succumbed to law or engineering school A promising writer she used to room with has become a real estate agent, but she tries to convince Casey that she still uses her imagination when she walked through the houses and invented a new life for her clients Rest in peace, dear friend.When the novel opens in the 1990s, Casey is living alone in To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert 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 WomanBlindsided By Her Mother S Sudden Death, And Wrecked By A Recent Love Affair, Casey Peabody Has Arrived In Massachusetts In The Summer Of 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 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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