Five Tuesdays in Winter

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What to expect

‘Vivid, moving, immersive’ Marian Keyes
‘Moved me, inspired me, thrilled me. It filled up every chamber of my heart’ – Ann Patchett
Masterful, surprising, and satisfying’ – Madeline Miller

Writers & Lovers
established Lily King as one of our most beloved authors of contemporary fiction. Now, for the first time ever, King collects ten of her finest short stories, 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.

‘Lily King is one of our great literary treasures’ – Madeline Miller, author of Circe

Critics Review

  • A skilled cast of seasoned narrators gives consistently disarming performances in King’s first collection of short stories. The audiobook is filled with moments of want and desire and struggle. All the performances are subtle, occasionally humorous, and always devastating. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

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

    Ann Patchett
  • Lily King is one of my long-time literary heroes . . . masterful, surprising, and satisfying

    Madeline Miller, author of Circe
  • Each masterful story reminds us that King is one of our finest cartographers of the human heart

  • These are stories of outsiders finding their people, of new perspectives, and they place King . . . as one of our great short-story writers

  • Intimate and revealing, this is an honest and insightful collection


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