Euphoria (Paperback)

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Inspired by Anthropologist Margaret Mead, King gives us a story about a trio of young anthropologists studying cultures in New Guinea in the 1930s.  Nell Stone, whose first book caused quite a stir, her husband Schuyler Fenwick, a man quick to anger, and Andrew Bankson, a Brit of keen intelligence grieving the deaths of his brothers.  The book opens with Nell and Fen on the river leaving the Mumbanyo, an aggressive tribe, with the intention of traveling to Australia to study aborigines of a less violent disposition. It is Christmas Eve; the pair plans to spend the night at Government Station in Angoram.  There they run into Bankson who persuades them to reconsider. Nell is in rough shape with an injured ankle, a cut hand, and lesions on her body.  Bankson tends to her wounds and is awestruck by her passion and intellect.  The story depicts the intersections of differing cultures, the natives and the anthropologists.  It captures a time and place in vivid detail. 

— Deon Stonehouse

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

Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

Euphoria is a fascinating historical novel based on a complex woman. Science, culture, and nature collide. The beginnings of the study of anthropology were fraught with peril and make it a great jumping off point for discussion.”
— Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX


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

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802123701
ISBN-10: 0802123708
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English