Euphoria (Paperback)

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If you don't remember the details of Margaret Mead's life and the uproar her observations caused, this riveting novel will send you off in search of Coming of Age in Samoa. Award-winning author Lily King draws the reader into the (over-) heated relationship among three anthropologists, loosely based on Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Mead's first husband, who are all doing research in a remote village in New Guinea. King's evocations of place and people are both vivid and highly illuminating, especially about approaches to the science of anthropology. But it is the intensity of these three, their relationship to each other, and their differing passions for their work that held me spellbound.

— Mary

June 2014 Indie Next List


“Loosely based on Margaret Mead's time in Papua New Guinea, this engaging, insightful novel features three young anthropologists in the 1930s who studied the remote, primitive Sepik River tribes. Euphoria is about cutting-edge research and revolutionary ideas, but inevitably it is also about the complications within the scholars' relationships when societal norms are stripped away, and love, greed, jealousy, and control are left unfettered. Artfully narrated, alternating between first person and third person as well as journal entries, King's novel offers a unique view into these rich and complicated characters.”
— Katie McDougall, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

Description


A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction
A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
A Best Book of the Year for:
New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Vogue, New York Magazine, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Our Man in Boston, Oprah.com, Salon

Euphoria is Lily King's nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the '30's caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is "dazzling ... suspenseful ... brilliant...an exhilarating novel."--Boston Globe

About the Author


Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, and Father of the Rain, a New York Times Editor's Choice and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction. King is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and the Maine Fiction Award twice. She lives with her husband and children in Maine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802123701
ISBN-10: 0802123708
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English