Euphoria (Large Print / Hardcover)
— Cathy Langer in our lead buyer at Tattered Cover with three decades of experience.
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
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
English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, he is on the verge of suicide when an encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink.