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Writers & Lovers Reviews

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Romance, Fiction
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 28 May 2020
ISBN: 9781529033106

Funny and heartbreaking, Writers & Lovers is the bitingly clever story of Casey, a young writer who has lost her direction in life, until two men step into her world and offer her two very different futures . . .

4 stars out of 5
24 May 2020

"this ménage à trois is heartfelt, but should be messier"

As a portrait of grief, Writers and Lovers is exquisite. Casey feels trapped in looping circles of sadness; in one striking scene, she feels sorry for both herself and her reflection, “sad for an infinite number of my selves”. The central love triangle is (intentionally, one feels) less captivating, and it’s disappointingly unmessy, too.

Casey is a writer before she’s a lover, with many of the nicest passages reserved for literary veneration (one fictional character is “remembered with more tenderness and love than most of the boys she’s ever known”). This makes for an at times baggy novel, but it’s a warm and buoyant romance – all the better for adulating books above boys.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Stephanie Cross
21 May 2020

"King’s warm, funny and sharply observed novel "

Writers in fiction are usually embittered or blocked, but one of the pleasures of King’s warm, funny and sharply observed novel is Casey’s grit and passion, undimmed despite it all...

As an inadvertent love triangle develops and the grief Casey keeps under wraps threatens to burst out, the story becomes an affecting, uplifting exploration of the risks and rewards of opening up.

4 stars out of 5
Johanna Thomas-Corr
17 May 2020

"This charming story about a struggling author and her three suitors feels tailor‑made for our troubled times"

Writers & Lovers succeeds in all its particulars. There’s romance, there’s a moral journey and there are characters with amusing foibles. What’s more, the gags are impeccable. It’s a story sweetly poised between hard truths and hilarity, in which the heroine discovers she has what it takes to not only endure but prevail. And that’s a message we all need in these difficult times.