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Review of Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

King builds each story within Five Tuesdays in Winter to be full, rich, and full of pain and poignancy. I loved this collection.

In Lily King's new story collection, she turns her eye for detail and for wonderfully faulted characters on explorations of love, desire, loss, and tragedy.

From a bookseller closed off emotionally from the world who begins to consider letting someone in again to the complicated, tragic reunion of former college roommates; from a mourning elderly man faced with disaster to a writer who has been silenced for too long, King mines uncomfortable or joyful, sometimes tiny moments that shape her characters' lives in profound ways.

With masterful storytelling, King builds a world within each short story that feels immediate, sometimes poignant, and which repeatedly surprised me with the amount of heart involved.

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Lily King is also the author of Writers & Lovers and Euphoria.

I received a prepublication digital edition of this book courtesy of Grove Atlantic and NetGalley.