A rambunctious, intelligent novel about a budding novelist and her lovers and her craft, “Writers & Lovers” is one of those books that can leave general readers cold, but anyone flirting with creativity should enjoy it greatly. A Boston refugee from love and her mother’s death, Casey flails at her restaurant job while writing and falling in love and, in general, leaping at life. Lily King is a gorgeous stylist and every page is chock full of prose delights and humor. Maybe the plot, as mechanistically assessed, is old, but the treatment is fresh and lovely, and I enjoyed the read. Writers and Lovers is a treat for lovers of sparkling literary fiction.