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Monday, March 30, 2020

Writers & Lovers by Lily King




Being on lockdown, the reading and reading and reading is going on apace. At least I hope I will be able to finish my March reads to be a bit upto date on what I have undertaken to do.


Casey cannot get to grips with her mother's unexpected death and to top the disasters up a break up of a relationship. She has also not been able to get a proper job commensurate with her qualifications because she wants to write and finish her novel. She gets this time by waitressing and uses her free time in trying very hard to make sense of what she sees as a good story just waiting to be written.


Falling in love with two different men, holding down a difficult job though it was only waitressing the undercurrents were huge! and trying to make sense of insurmountable student debt was too much for Casey who was breaking down under the strain.


I could get where Casey was coming from. In her mid twenties, all her friends are either getting married or having babies. They are all career girls balancing homes and careers or either married well with husbands who take care of all the problems of money. In Casey's case she is all alone and with a brother three thousand miles away she feels so alone, and so burdened by her life that she is literally cracking up.


The book touches on all the subjects that most modern women are subject to - the having it all theory, the beautiful balancing act of home and career, the glamour of looking well at all times and the effort it takes to get there, to have well behaved children because somehow it is your fault if they turn out to be jerks, fertility or rather lack of it can also be a women's problem it doesn't seem to end. Casey suffered from most of it at various stages in the story and this resonates with a lot of young women.


A well written thought provoking story.


Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Grove Atlantic.



5 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I had this on my library wait list but, now that all of our libraries are closed, I will have to wait. It sounds like a good one. Stay safe in these crazy times.

bermudaonion said...

The reading is just going okay around here - I'm just too distracted. I'm glad you've got books to keep you busy and hope you stay safe.

Laura's Reviews said...

This sounds like a good one. It is difficult being a modern woman and trying to balance it all. I'm going to add this to my "to read" list. I hope all is well with you!

JoAnn said...

After not reading much at all in March, things seem to be going a little bit better this week. I enjoyed King's last book (Euphoria) and hope to read this one eventually. Glad you have plenty of good books to keep you busy :)

Lisa said...

Sounds like just the kind of book I'm looking for right now.