“Writers & Lovers” by Lily King was an excellent novel. The story grows on you as you go along. It only gets stronger and stronger.
The story is about Casey Peabody. After her mother unexpectedly dies and another relationship goes south, she is returning to the familiar sights and sounds of Boston. She is working as a waitress in Harvard Square, and trying write her first novel. Student loans are coming due and she lives in a moldy room in a friend’s garage.
The story that unfolds is about grief and loss, but also recovery and restoration. It is a story about living a creative life no matter what it costs you. It is a story about refusing to settle and living life to the fullest. There is even a barbaric yawp, a nod to “Dead Poets Society” and Walt Whitman’s classic poem “Song of Myself, 52.”
As an aspiring writer and self-declared creative type I loved this book. There is so much classic literature packed into the pages. I found it to be an original story with important themes that evoke emotion and passion and love and desire.