Book Recommendation: EUPHORIA

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“It’s that moment about two months in, when you think you’ve finally got a handle on the place. Suddenly it feels within your grasp. It’s a delusion–you’ve only been there eight weeks–and it’s followed by the complete despair of ever understanding anything. But at that moment the place feels entirely yours. It’s the briefest, purest euphoria.” Lily King, EUPHORIA

Publisher Synopsis:

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, Oprah.com, 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 … brilliant…an exhilarating novel.”—Boston Globe

My Recommendation:

Hallmarks of the writing of Ernest Hemingway include faraway settings, powerful and spare prose, characters with pasts they want to outrun, and relationships fraught with passion, complexity, and drama. The same can be said for Lily King’s EUPHORIA.

Highly prized and decorated, King’s EUPHORIA is a report from the field: 1930s New Guinea, to be precise. Two married anthropologists–very much out of their elements and battle-scarred from barely surviving cultures alien to them–meet another researcher, also world-weary and at a breaking point. Their mutual craving for familiar civilization translates into obsession with one another, boundaries crossed, betrayal, and all matter of unsustainable interactions, leading to inevitable tragedy.

This is a novel that at turns challenges, captivates, offends, and thrills. If you haven’t already read EUPHORIA, I highly recommend it. I cannot stop thinking about it. If you have read the book, I’d love to hear what you think.

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3 thoughts on “Book Recommendation: EUPHORIA

  1. This one’s been on my TBR list since the book came out, Erika. Just haven’t gotten to it. What I hear you telling us is it should be read now!

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