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Five Tuesdays in Winter

by Lily King

By the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers, Lily King’s first-ever collection of exceptional and innovative short stories

  • Imprint Grove Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Publication Date November 09, 2021
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5876-5
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $27.00
  • Imprint Grove Hardcover
  • Publication Date November 09, 2021
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5877-2
  • US List Price $27.00

Five Tuesdays in Winter moved me, inspired me, thrilled me. It filled up every chamber of my heart. I loved this book.”—Ann Patchett

With Writers & Lovers and Euphoria, Lily King’s books catapulted onto bestseller and best-of-the-year lists across the country and established her as one of our most “brilliant” (New York Times Book Review), “wildly talented” (Chicago Tribune), and beloved authors in contemporary fiction. Now, for the first time ever, King collects ten of her finest short stories–half published in leading literary magazines and half brand new–opening fresh realms of discovery for avid and new readers alike.

Told in the intimate voices of unique and endearing characters of all ages, these tales explore desire and heartache, loss and discovery, moments of jolting violence and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A bookseller’s unspoken love for his employee rises to the surface, a neglected teenage boy finds much-needed nurturing from an unlikely pair of college students hired to housesit, a girl’s loss of innocence at the hands of her employer’s son becomes a catalyst for strength and confidence, and a proud nonagenarian rages helplessly in his granddaughter’s hospital room. Romantic, hopeful, brutally raw, and unsparingly honest, some even slipping into the surreal, these stories are, above all, about King’s enduring subject of love.

Lily King’s literary mastery, her spare and stunning prose, and her gift for creating lasting and treasured characters is on full display in this curated selection of short fiction. Five Tuesdays in Winter showcases an exhilarating new form for this extraordinarily gifted author writing at the height of her career.

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Praise for Five Tuesdays in Winter:

A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 at Literary Hub

Praise for Writers & Lovers:

A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Washington Post’s 10 Best Books of 2020
Named one of the Top 10 Books of 2020 on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Maureen Corrigan
A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2020
Selected for Amazon’s Best Literature and Fiction of 2020
A New York Times Best Seller
A New York Times Book Review Group Text Selection
A #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today
A Belletrist Book Club April Selection by Emma Roberts
An Indie Next Pick
Featured in Best of 2020 lists by the Washington Post, Kirkus, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Vulture, LitHub, People, and the Amazon Book Review

“A comic and compassionate novel… It shares with [Euphoria] a fascination with the difficulty of defining the worth of one’s life when the familiar markers of adult achievement are slow to materialize. With wit and what reads like deep insider wisdom, Ms. King captures the chronic low-level panic of taking a leap into the artsy unknown and finding yourself adrift, without land or rescue in sight.”—Maureen Corrigan, Wall Street Journal

“I loved this book not just from the first chapter or the first page but from the first paragraph… The voice is just so honest and riveting and insightful about creativity and life.”–Curtis Sittenfeld, London Evening Standard

“Delightful… An unmistakable broadside against fiction’s love affair with macho strivers, even — or especially — when layers of lyricism and tenderness coat their machismo. The emotional force of Writers & Lovers is considerable.”—New York Times Book Review

“Romance isn’t the point for Casey. Love is the gravy; words are the filet. Finding a way to build a life around work she loves, finding a way to support herself as a writer — this is the line connecting all three corners of the love triangle at the heart of this novel.”—New York Times Book Review, Group Text Book Club

Writers & Lovers made me happy. Even as the narrator grieves the loss of her mother and struggles to make art and keep a roof over her head, the novel is suffused with hopefulness and kindness. Lily King writes with a great generosity of spirit.”—Ann Patchett

Writers & Lovers is exactly the book we need now. Witty and heartfelt… I could not stop reading.”—Judy Blume

“This smooth, deliberate chronicle of creation keeps the men in their place and Casey firmly rooted at the center of her own story. Instead of casting her as a woman torn between archetypes of male creativity, Writers & Lovers portrays her as a woman in thrall to her own generative processes, a devotee to the art of (her own) attention.”—Los Angeles Times

“Among the elements that make Writers & Lovers so winning are the perfectly calibrated little details, convincing conversations, and droll wit… Writers & Lovers is a book about passion, desire, grief, determination, and finding one’s way. It’s also about craving love, family, and success… generously infused with heart and soul and wit and wisdom.”—NPR

Writers & Lovers is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, it’s dangerously romantic, bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness.”—Washington Post

“King captures the agita of an early-life crisis and the eccentricities of a writer’s life, spiking the narrative with wit, sumptuous imagery and hilarious skewerings of literary elitism.”—People

“King has created a woman on the cusp of personal fulfillment and strong enough to stand on her own, someone akin to Sally Rooney’s Frances in Conversations with Friends… But King also situates Casey inside a variation of the which-lover-will-she-choose framework of, say, Nancy Meyers’s film Something’s Gotta Give… The novel is a meditation on trying itself: to stay alive, to love, to care. That point feels so fresh, so powerfully diametrically opposed to the readily available cynicism we’ve been feasting on… King wants us to keep trying, through whatever means necessary, to beat the odds.”—Boston Globe

“A poignant and heartfelt novel about the effects of grief and the paths people take to get through life. I couldn’t put the book down.”—Seattle Times

“A down-to-earth saga of an extremely bright and likable single woman wrestling with sexual desires, emotional dreads… An engaging portrait of a woman confronting modern hardships.”—Associated Press

“King has portrayed effectively and compassionately with well-crafted prose, evocative descriptions, and spot-on dialogue.”—New York Journal of Books

“Funny and romantic and hard to put down, full of well-observed details of restaurant culture and writer’s workshops. It’s hard to imagine a reader who wouldn’t root for Casey.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A knowing look at the pursuit of a life in the arts, with a protagonist you’ll root for.”—Marie Claire

“King is one of those rare writers who can entwine sadness, hilarity and burning fury in the briefest of moments.”—BookPage

“An extraordinary novel… King beautifully documents every aspect of Casey’s character. Casey’s insights into the world of writing are fascinating and often humorous… The prose [is] linguistically sophisticated, but clean and uncluttered.”—Midwest Book Review

“This novel will become a defining classic for struggling young writers.”–Vulture

“A breath of fresh air, with characters that leap off the page.”—Amazon Book Review

“King’s gift is to suspend the reader, to make the wait for resolution fascinating.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Masterful… You can’t put it down, and you’ll feel larger and more connected once you finish it. Plus, it’s funny as hell.”—Dead Darlings

“King leaves no barrier between readers and smart, genuine, cynical, and funny Casey. A closely observed tale of finding oneself, and one’s voice, while working through grief.”—Booklist (starred)

“[A] charmingly written coming of age story.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Intimate and vulnerable… Lily King’s novel follows a deeply relatable protagonist navigating a whole menu of crises surrounded by a cast of genuine, vivid characters… The book occupies a small space, but packs it to the brim with humanity.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Elegant, droll… This meditation on the passing of youth is touching and ruefully funny.”—Publishers Weekly