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Writers & Lovers - a young writer searches to find herself.

It’s 1997 and Casey is living in Boston trying to get her life on track. She is thirty-one years old and is having a hard time dealing with the sudden death of her mother. She can’t seem to focus and finish her first novel after six years of trying. She’s working as a waitress and is knee-deep in student debt. She rides an old bicycle to get around and lives in a cramped, converted shed.

Writers & Lovers is a slow-paced book as that is how Casey’s life is. You can feel her pain as she wants to call her mother yet she quickly realizes this is no longer possible. Visits to the doctor reveal some potential health issues. Her struggle can be felt throughout the book. Casey’s life, and the pacing of the book, pick up when two interesting and very different men enter her life.

Amidst all the drama is some very clever writing including references to many literary figures and works. This is a coming of age story and while there were times I wasn’t sure I’d stick with the book, I’m glad I did. Life is hard but determination, perseverance and a little luck go a long way.

Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Literary Fiction.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020.

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