Book of the Month: Writers and Lovers by Lily King (2020)


Critical Evaluation

“Please don’t do this. Don’t write a novel about trying to write a novel. It’s cliche and insular and lazy. Just don’t do it.

Unless it’s this novel — this wonderful, witty, heartfelt novel by Lily King titled “Writers & Lovers.”

Charles, Ron, “Lily King’s ‘Writers & Lovers’ delivers pure joy” The Washington Post,




First Excerpt

“I have a pact with myself not to think about money in the morning,” she says. “I’m like a teenager trying not to think about sex. But I’m also trying not to think about sex. Or Luke. Or death. Which means not thinking about my mother, who died on vacation last winter. There are so many things I can’t think about in order to write.”


Second Excerpt

“I sit at my desk and stare at the sentences I wrote before walking the dog. I don’t remember them. I don’t remember putting them down. I’m so tired. I look at the green digits on the clock radio. Less than three hours before I have to dress for my lunch shift.

Adam went to college with my older brother, Caleb—in fact, I think Caleb was a little in love with him back then—and for this he gives me a break in the rent. He shaves off a bit more for walking his dog in the morning. The room used to be a potting shed and still has a loam and rotting leaves smell. There’s just enough space for a twin mattress, desk and chair, and hot plate, and toaster oven in the bathroom. I set the kettle back on the burner for another cup of black tea.

I don’t write because I think I have something to say.

I write because if I don’t, everything feels even worse.”