The People in the Trees
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The People in the Trees

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A Best Book of the Year The Wall Street Journal * Publishers Weekly * Huffington Post * Cosmopolitan A Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself. Disquieting yet thrilling, The People in the Trees is an anthropological adventure story with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide. It marks the debut of a remarkable new voice in American fiction.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 43.18mm | 362.87g
  • Anchor Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0345803310
  • 9780345803313
  • 94,810

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"One of the year's best books...Driven by Yanagihara's gorgeously complete imaginary ethnography on the one hand and, on the other, by her brilliantly detestable narrator, this debut novel is compelling on every level--morally, aesthetically, and narratively." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "["The People in the Trees"] is exhaustingly inventive and almost defiant in its refusal to offer redemption or solace--but that is arguable one of its virtues. As for Yanagihara, she is a writer to marvel at." --"The New York Times" Book Review ""The People in the Trees" is a haunting story of moral absolutes confounded by a seemingly empirical understanding of the merciless caprices of nature...A standout novel, a debut as thrilling as it is disturbing." --"The Wall Street Journal " ""The People in the Trees" is a multi-layered novel. It provokes discussions about science, morality and our obsession with youth. But it's also a deeply satisfying adventure story with a horrifying conclusion." --"Chicago Tribune " "The People in the Trees is flawlessly paced and deeply nuanced--a gorgeous, meaty novel that is spellbinding, scandalous and supremely satisfying." --BookPage "Yanagihara presents a cautionary tale about what can happen when Western arrogance meets primeval culture." --Kirkus Reviews "Whether you find yourself to be a champion of Perina's bold ideas or horrified by his actions or--more realistically--feel a measure of both, Yanagihara's twisted, audacious tale is as gripping as they come." --Bustle.com ""The People in the Trees" is a Nabokovian phantasmagoria, bound to raise serious, interesting, troubling questions. Hanya Yanagihara is a writer to watch." --Madison Smartt Bell, author of "The Color of Night" and "All Souls' Rising" ""The People in the Trees" is not a first novel like other first novels. This is a big, soaring, old-school, super-absorbing vehicle into another world. It'show more

About Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York.show more

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