Author(s): Lily King
From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the '30's caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.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, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control. Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, "Euphoria" is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King.
A CBS News "Must-have titles for your summer reading list"; An "O, the Oprah Magazine," "10 Titles To Pick Up Now"; A "Marie Claire" "novel that needs to be in your beach bag"; A USA Today pick for Summer's Hottest Titles"; A "Boston Globe" Summer Reading Suggestion; A "St. Louis Post Dispatch" "Books to carry on the road this summer"; Reader's Digest Summer Reading List ""Euphoria" is a meticulously researched homage to Mead's restless mind and a considered portrait of Western anthropology in its primitivist heyday. It's also a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace--a love triangle in extremis...The steam the book emits is as much intellectual as erotic...and King's signal achievement may be to have created satisfying drama out of a quest for interpretive insight...King is brilliant on the moral contradictions that propelled anthropological encounters with remote tribes...In King's exquisite book, desire--for knowledge, fame, another person--is only fleetingly rewarded."--Emily Eakin, "New York Times Book Review" (cover review) "It's refreshing to see the world's most famous anthropologist brought down to human scale and placed at the center of this svelte new book by Lily King. "Euphoria" is King's first work of historical fiction. For this dramatic new venture, she retains all the fine qualities that made her three previous novels insightful and absorbing, but now she's working on top of a vast body of scholarly work and public knowledge. And yet "Euphoria" is also clearly the result of ferocious restraint; King has resisted the temptation to lard her book with the fruits of her research. Poetic in its compression and efficiency, "Euphoria" presumes some familiarity with Mead's biography for context and background, and yet it also deviates from that history in promiscuous ways...King keeps the novel focused tightly on her three scientists, which makes the glimpses we catch of their New G
Lily King's first novel, "The Pleasing Hour" won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her second book, "The English Teacher," was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. "Father of the Rain" was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year, and winner of the 2010 New England Book Award for Fiction. Lily King lives with her family in Maine.