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Writers & Lovers: A Novel Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B082VLS8LB
- Publisher : Grove Press (March 3, 2020)
- Publication date : March 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 903 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 243 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,187 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It took me a while to get into, but I did find myself invested in it. I wanted Casey to get her life together and have her dreams come true. Now that she is in her thirties, most of her friends have given up on their creative passions and pursued more "normal" careers and lives. Along the way, Casey writes and falls in and out of love with other writers and struggles to deal with the grief of losing her mother suddenly. So, it felt like a book for an audience of writers and other creative artists.
I feel like this one quote from the book sums up the whole book itself: "It's really a book about art and becoming an artist and all the ways it ruins people, actually."
Casey aka Camila, lives near Boston, commutes to her waitress job in Boston on her banana bike. She has friends, a jerk for a landlord and her book. She tries not to think too much about her top three worries, her mother’s recent death, her huge student loans, and the man she met this summer, a married poet who swept her off her feet. While she is involved in the grief she feels from her mother’s death, she is trying to live, to be kind and care about others, without her need to hide all the feelings. Everything around her feels the cynicism, that is the way to make it through the day.
This novel by Lily King is fresh, vibrant, the characters leap off the page. In this day of digital devices, it is refreshing to have a young woman finding her way with every mistake she makes, but holding onto her dreams. She wants love, a family, but her grief and her uncertainty are holding her back. Casey has two lovers, a promise of a better job, and must make decisions. She is aware of her peccadilloes, and, in this way she is learning her craft. Her writing carries her, and her friends and her work reinforce this need. She has to write she says not because she thinks she has something to say. She writes because when she doesn’t everything feels worse. This is not nothing.
Recommended. prisrob 03-03-2020
I wanted to like this book, but the main character is just over-privileged and annoying.
I was also disappointed that the tension in the plot comes down to her love life in a very chicklit style rather than a deeper and more intriguing study of what it truly means to write and what it means to be a woman trying to access deeper truths in her writing that she can't seem to get in her real life.
Could've been much, much better.
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There's something cold about Writers & Lovers, slight and insubstantial. The writing is occasionally quite good, with some amusingly sparky dialogue, but the novel never takes off, the characters a mere watercolor shadow of what they could be. At no point during the novel did I find myself caring what happened to Casey or indeed to any other characters apart from Harry and the two young boys, who were written with the charm that the others lacked.
I really wanted to love this book, and I really was excited when it finally came out - I've been waiting a long time for Lily King's next book - so I admit my expectations were high. Unfortunately, they were ultimately disappointed.
Lily Kings presents us with a main character who recently lost her mother and in processing her grief has also lost her way in life. Casey is the familiar female struggling protagonist, weighed down by a mountain of debt and haunted with a book she’s been trying to write for years. She immediately becomes the cut and paste of every character in every book about a person trying to write a book.
King makes Casey is a slow and melancholic main character with no significant personality, romanticising her bike ride to and from work as her only moment of relief. Naturally, Casey has had strained romantic relationships in the past, and as she’s trying to get her life together, two men enter the narrative with the formula of turmoil followed by resolution.
There were glimpses of great writing but the narrative never seemed to take colour - like everything was written in a grey sepia tone which made it feel ambivalent. Interestingly, the parts that stood out for me was Casey’s job as a waitress in a busy venue. King captured the workplace politics and culture of working in a restaurant so well I could have read an entire novel about that. But at no point did I care for the characters. I wasn’t charmed by Casey overcoming the issues she’d been ignoring or how she finally started living her life. It was addictive simply because it was easy to read, not because I was invested in what was happening.
I saw what King was trying to do in this book, and for a while, I couldn’t decide if it was good or crippling cliche. With more time, polish and planning something could be there. And while it wasn’t a bad book, it’s not one I’ll be rushing to tell my friends about.
As commented in my opening paragraph, there were parts to this novel that I enjoyed, especially the parts relating to Casey's writing and her enjoyment of literary novels; however, there was too little of this and the section of the book where she is interviewed for a teaching job and talks to her interviewer about her love of literature was just a tiny part of the story. Also, although I sympathized with Casey over the loss of her mother (and the author - whom, I believe, has recently lost her own mother - writes with emotional intelligence of the effects of losing a parent), I didn't feel I ever really got to know her or really understood what 'made her tick'. And, apart from Oscar's two sons, about whom I really enjoyed reading, I didn't find any of the other protagonists particularly sympathetic and I felt Silas and Oscar were not fully-fleshed as characters. I also felt the story ended too quickly and too neatly for someone whose life was in such a mess, but I can't explain further for risk of spoilers. So, a but of a mixed reading experience and one that, for me, didn't quite live up some of the accolades on the jacket cover, but I'm glad I've read it and, having enjoyed some parts of this book, I might take a look at some of Ms King's earlier novels.