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Lily King

Autor(a) de Euphoria

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About the Author

Lily King is an award-winning American novelist. She was born in 1963 and grew up in Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She has taught English and Creative mostrar mais Writing at several universities and high schools in the States and abroad. King's first novel, The Pleasing Hour was published in 1999, and was followed by The English Teacher and Father of the Rain. Her latest work, Euphoria, won the inaugural Kirkus Award for Fiction 2014, the New England Book Award for Fiction 2014 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Lily King

Euphoria (2014) 2,655 cópias
Writers & Lovers (2020) 1,611 cópias
Father of the Rain (2010) 453 cópias
The Pleasing Hour (1999) 391 cópias
Five Tuesdays in Winter (2021) 346 cópias
The English Teacher (2005) 284 cópias
Disturbing Behaviour 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



[b:Writers & Lovers|45289222|Writers & Lovers|Lily King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1580228175l/45289222._SX50_.jpg|70005226] is a perfect book for these times as the writing is good and snappy and the story moves quickly with occasional very funny parts. It's about being poor, insecure housing, dating, waiting tables and struggling to finish a first novel at age thirty-one while coping with grief. Casey, the narrator, has an MFA and refers to books she's read and the struggle of writing her own. Her dates are writers, too. The Boston setting is realistic, the food descriptions are delectable, everyone has a dog. Her coworkers try to help Casey decide between two beaus: "It's always a choice between fireworks and coffee in bed," Fabiana says, "it always is." After wilder and wilder "if" scenarios involving children fevered, possessed and buried in snow, Dana cinches it: "You spend enough time at the race track, you know your horse, okay? You always know your horse."
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featherbooks | outras 100 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
This is a quintessential winter read: A soft waiting, a quiet longing, with each page falls pensive moments like silent flakes floating down, melting into the paper. Within this collection of ten stories, there are swift bursts of elation that fall away just as quickly leaving sadness and a longing for more. While each story is engaging and each seems steeped in themes of love and desire—among others—my favorites are these:

When I’m Dordogne is about a desire to belong and finding that thing (or person) that answers this question: “‘What makes your heart sing” (74)?: “I don't know how other people do it, not stay with the girl whose ankle socks made your stomach flip at age fourteen, whose wet hair smells like your past—the girl who was with you the very moment you were introduced to happiness” (95).

Hotel Seattle is about unfulfilled desires: While completely different tones, this story reminds me of a scene from SATC with Samantha and Richard and Smith: “When you grow up Catholic (mass, CCD, youth camps) with six brothers, a megalomaniac father, and a mother who is on her knees in prayer whenever you try to find her, it’s hard to scrape through all the voodoo layers to recognize you’re gay” (151).

The Man at the Door is so beautifully complicated and about the beautiful, terrible dichotomy of desire: “And with them came a feeling, a presentiment, that she would eventually destroy this good life, for wasn’t her need to write like her parents’ need to drink? A form of escape, a way to detach? And, like the alcohol, it weakened and often angered her, left her yearning for the kind of rare and extraordinary ability she’d never have” (222).
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lizallenknapp | outras 22 resenhas | Apr 20, 2024 |
I have read most Lily King's work. She is an excellent writer. Having recently read the first novels of 2 of my favorite authors and found them just okay, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It is the story of Rosie a young au pair in Paris and her dealings with the French family she works for. There is the couple plus their 3 children. King does a great job of getting into everyone's head. Her language is wonderful and the way she weaves the story in the present and into back stories of the characters is excellent.The book was 250 pages but it seemed longer because the descriptions were so dense. The timeframe is probably the late 70's which is sometimes a challenge given the cultural changes since then. Normally when I like an author I usually don't recommend her/his first book but this one is a good place to start with King. A strong recommend.… (mais)
nivramkoorb | outras 5 resenhas | Mar 29, 2024 |
Margaret Mead was a pathbreaking scholar and eminent public intellectual. I don’t understand why the author, after successfully evoking her personality and work, would have her die in childbirth at an early age — which did not happen! —as the book ends. It recalls code movies where the rebellious heroine has to die for her transgressions. A very strange choice.
astorianbooklover | outras 161 resenhas | Mar 9, 2024 |



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