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Euphoria by Lily King

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802192516
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 25,149
File size: 1 MB

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.

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Euphoria 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historical novels are my favorite reads and in my search for another I was drawn to Lily King’s “Euphoria,” having taken courses in cultural anthropology and linguistics in college. This novel is a work of fiction though drawn from a period in Margaret Mead’s study of a tribal community in 1930’s Papua New Guinea. The protagonist anthropologist in the novel, Nell, together with her scientist husband Fen and anthropologist friend Bankson, share a small hut while conducting participant/observer field studies of the female dominated Tam tribe. The three form passionate intellectual and emotional attachments to one another as well as with their subjects in the tribal community. Tensions build as each chapter unfolds and I was captivated from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. It really make you want to read more about Margaret Mead. This novel holds your attention from lots of angles: interesting culture and setting, a romance, evil in many ways, and definately damaged human beings - morally, sexually, and emotionally. Gripping. Highly recommended for the reader - with a warning that this book is rated at least "R"! Another book during this time period that is great is The Partisan by William Jarvis. This historical fiction also has a great romance, evil characters, but has great and noble female and male characters who rise above. I would give both books A++++++, but for different reasons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a wonderful writer. Yes, she takes liberties with the true lives of these three famous anthropologists (especially the ending!) but she is such a lovely writer and does an excellent job of conveying the issues in ethnographic work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story about research of tribal life and living amongst them. What matters in our world, is insignificant in theirs.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Grove Atlantic, Atlantic Monthly, and Lily King as a Goodreads Giveaway on March 4th, 2015. Thank you all for allowing me to read this book! Lily King has shared with us a wonderful story, tautly told, about life and love and fate. Though a quick read, you will find yourself drifting on the rivers of New Guinea and rooting for Nell. She is a woman we are bound to love, the essential woman we all aspire to be. Set pre-WWII, this is a tale of anthropologists trying to understand the lives of aborigine tribes around the world. A new science at that time, there were no blazing trails to follow, no right or wrong way to compile information and no safety nets. A very special book. Please read and enjoy.
Yogaenthusiast More than 1 year ago
I simply cannot join the chorus of rave reviews for Euphoria. It has its moments and insights, but is lacking good plot development. The background of the characters is poorly developed, making the hints at their conduct mostly irritating. It almost feels like the book was edited by more than one person, and the final edits where not carefully integrated. I was particularly put off by the "twist" ending. It felt like King did not know how she wanted to end the book, so rushed to an trite, and poorly developed conclusion. The insights into anthropology were fascinating, but the entire book was lacking. There are much better written books to enjoy, and I wish I had passed on this one.
GinnyLu More than 1 year ago
Fascinating read. I definitely would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writer never made me feel the closeness of the jungle. Could have been a better story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but too short & thin -- novel based on lives of 3 anthropologists studying primitive cultures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is excellent! After reading this several weeks ago I still can't stop thinking about it. Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in two days. I couldn't put it down. Now I can stop thinking about it. Meticulously researched. Always lively. Tense. The ending does not match Margaret Mead's life but it shouldn't. This is a novel, and the ending serves the story. The lessons, themes, and questions continue to echo. Perfect for book clubs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific novel. Full of delicious characters.
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This is a wonderful book whose characters will draw you in and make you care about what happens to them.
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Highly recommend. I did a little research on Margaret Mead's life and work before reading Euphoria, which helped fill in the background. Couldn't put it down.
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SadieMD More than 1 year ago
Boring and pointless. The only compelling parts were those that describe the native culture. The rest was dull and went nowhere.