Euphoria (Paperback)

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      From page one and Nell's broken glasses I was spellbound and riveted. Euphoria is a novel to devour for its nuanced and complicated characters made all the more intriguing due to novelist's Lily King's incorporating the legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead's life and experiences into the unforgettable Nell Stone. New Guinea in the 1930's is the setting for King's novel about three anthropologists living with native tribes; Nell and her husband Fen, and their friend and colleague Andrew Bankson. The three are insatiable in their desire to understand the cultures they've placed themselves in some peril to study. They are also vulnerable to each other, and as Euphoria unfolds it becomes clear that the real peril to their survival does not come from the natives. Euphoria is exactly the kind of novel I crave and love to recommend to our readers. Thank you, Lily King." ~ Cathy

— Cathy Langer in our lead buyer at Tattered Cover with three decades of experience.

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

April 2019 Indie Next List

Euphoria is a fascinating historical novel based on a complex woman. Science, culture, and nature collide. The beginnings of the study of anthropology were fraught with peril and make it a great jumping off point for discussion.”
— Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX


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,, 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 ... 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