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Writers & Lovers (utgåvan 2020)

av 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.… (mer)
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Titel:Writers & Lovers
Författare:Lily King (Autor)
Info:Picador (2020), Edition: Air Iri OME, 256 pages
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Casey is a struggling writer living in her brother's friends garage and waiting tables so that she can write. After six years she finally finished her novel. Now will anyone buy it? While she waits for the verdict she deals with grief over her mother's sudden death in the previous year, giant student load debts, indecision in love, and a breast lump. Happy ending, but the middle part is sure depressing. ( )
  mojomomma | Feb 22, 2021 |
WRITERS AND LOVERS is written by award-winning author, Lily King.
I read this book for Maine Public Radio’s ‘All Books Considered’ Book Club. (Winter 2021)
The book has been described as “Delightful…An unmistakable broadside against fiction’s love affair with macho strivers.” “Haunting, incisive” “Poignant and heartfelt” “A defining classic for struggling young writers.”
“Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, thirty-one year old Casey Peabody has arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1997 without a plan beyond a determination to live a creative life.”

I am not a professional/published author but I think the thoughts, the feelings, the mental state of Casey is probably spot-on. That doesn’t mean that I like her character very much. I was somewhat confused, bewildered and unsympathetic much of the time I was reading. I did like the person she developed into or maybe I should say she found her original self and it blossomed. But most of the time I was just shaking my head. The other characters did not impress me either - Oscar is a jerk. Even his children, pitiful as they may seem, are a bit unlikable because of their neediness. Luke (from her Red Barn days) was another lying jerk and I didn’t get the attraction with Silas.The restaurant staff seemed very unlikable and impatient. But Muriel seemed to be an honest and helpful friend who quite literally saved Casey’s life.

I did like all the extras in the book - the reading group guide, the new essay written by Lily King, the lovely geese drawings. I liked the playfulness that marked Casey’s interactions with John & Jasper. I liked the ‘feel’ of the book with its heavier paper and the ‘look’ of the book.
Probably a good ‘book club’ choice. *** ( )
  diana.hauser | Feb 21, 2021 |
"I don't write because I think I have something to say. I write because if I don't, everything feels even worse."

31-year-old Casey Peabody, narrator of Writers & Lovers, is on an emotional rollercoaster. She's between her dreams and their realization as she doggedly pursues her desires - success as a writer, love, and family. She endures losses - her mother, her job, her apartment - and disappointments - men, men, and men. Lily doesn't write about the "what" so much as she writes about how it felt. I went along for the ride, and it was worth it for its emotional intelligence.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stacey Glemboski, borrowed from the library using hoopla.

Around the year in 52 books challenge notes:
#48. A book published in 2020 ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
Loved "Euphoria" by this author, but this left me completely cold. A single young woman in her 30's is trying to become a writer. She is currently a waitress living in a small rented apartment of a friend of her brother. Really nothing much happens in this book except her internal angst about trying to find herself. None of the characters are particularly likeable and i just could not get into it. Would not have finished except book club selection. ( )
  maryreinert | Jan 16, 2021 |
It took me awhile to get into Writers and Lovers. I think the amount of characters overwhelmed me. Plus I was reading too slowly and inattentively.

Once I sped up and gave it my attention I found it to be smart, moving and very enjoyable.

My heart went out to Casey and the situation she was in. But I could see that her intelligence would lead her onto a good path. Despite issues with both her mother and father, she learned many skills as well as common sense from them.

This is the type of book that makes me know that going with your gut feeling is often better than depending on conventional wisdom.

Good read.
  Bookish59 | Jan 10, 2021 |
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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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