Euphoria

Euphoria

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It is the 1930s, and Englishman Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying a tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when he encounters the famous and controversial anthropologist Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial husband, Fen. Bankson is enthralled by the magnetic couple, but Nell and Fen - hungry for a new discovery - have their own reasons for befriending Bankson. When Bankson leads them to the artistic, female-dominated Tam tribe, he ignites an intellectual and emotional firestorm between the three of them that burns out of control. Ultimately, their groundbreaking work will make history, but not without sacrifice. Inspired by the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is a captivating story of desire, possession and discovery.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 20mm | 370g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Air Iri OME
  • 1447286170
  • 9781447286172
  • 128,917

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Jaw-droppingly, heart-stoppingly beautiful -- Paula McLain, author of THE PARIS WIFE Euphoria is a meticulously researched homage to Mead's restless mind ... it's also a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace ... The steam the book emits is as much intellectual as erotic ... In King's exquisite book, desire - for knowledge, fame, another person - is only fleetingly rewarded New York Times There are some novels that take you by the hand with their lovely prose alone; there are those that pull you in with sensual renderings of time and place and a compelling story; and there are still others that seduce you solely with their subject matter. But it is a rare novel indeed that does all of the above at once and with complete artistic mastery. Yet this is precisely what Lily King has done ... Euphoria is simply one of the finest novels I've read in years -- Andre Dubus III, author of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG Dramatic, insightful and absorbing ... she captures the amber of one man's exquisite longing for a woman who changed the way we look at ourselves Washington Post I have come to expect Lily King's nuanced explorations of the human heart, but in this novel she pulled me in to the exotic world of a woman anthropologist working with undiscovered tribes in 1930s New Guinea and I was totally captivated -- Karl Marlantes, author of MATTERHORN Persuasive and evocative ... Finely crafted ... it shows a talented writer unwilling to settle for what she already does well and eager to give herself new challenges; her ambition is laudable Los Angeles Times From Conrad to Kingsolver, the misdeeds of Westerners have inspired their own literary subgenre, and in King's insightful, romantic addition, the work of novelist and anthropologist find resonant parallel: In the beauty and cruelty of others, we discover our own Vogue Thrilling ... intense, seductive, sexual, and intellectual ... It's grit-in-your-teeth sensuous San Francisco Chronicle Dazzling ... in King's expert hands the three protagonists soon become richly rendered characters, each with her or his own suspenseful narrative ... an exhilarating novel Boston Globe This impeccably researched story illuminates the state of the world as clearly as the passion of its characters ... a thrilling read that, at its end, does indeed feel like 'the briefest, purest euphoria" Publishers Weekly A small gem, disturbing and haunting Kirkus Atmospheric and sensual, with startling images throughout, Euphoria is an intellectually stimulating tour de force -- Jane Ciabattari, author of STEALING THE FIRE Adventure and romance, danger and knowledge, desire and desolation ... exquisitely braided, they form the core of Euphoria ... I'm left breathless, excited, ready to wander and explore, a little afraid, enamored, enlightened -- Bill Roorbach, author of LIFE AMONG GIANTS and THE REMEDY FOR LOVE Masterful ... A great novelist is like an anthropologist, examining what humans do by habit and custom ... This is a riveting and provocative novel, absolutely first-rate Seattle Times Fresh, brilliantly structured, and fully imagined -- Andrea Barrett, author of ARCHANGEL and SHIP FEVER Euphoria is a brilliantly written book and entirely fascinating from start to finish -- Alice Greenway, author of THE BIRD SKINNERshow more

About Lily King

Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria. King is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has won the Maine Fiction Award twice. She lives with her husband and children in Maine.show more

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2 6% (2,531)
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