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A New York Times BestsellerWinner of the 2014 Kirkus PrizeWinner of the 2014 New England Book Award for FictionA Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle AwardA 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,, SalonEuphoria 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
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780802192516
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This fever dream love triangle novel is loosely based on real events in the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead. It’s sexy, poetically written, set in vivid New Guinea, and offers fascinating insights into anthropology.

Beautifully written, captivating novel that takes as its starting point an episode in the life of Margaret Mead and then moves away and outward into a fascinating exploration of culture, objectivity vs subjectivity, and love. --Karen

Beautifully written, captivating novel that takes as its starting point an episode in the life of Margaret Mead and then moves away and outward into a fascinating exploration of culture, objectivity vs subjectivity, and love.

multcolib_alisonk Oct 08, 2014

Lots of fodder here for book clubs. I found the concept of "euphoria" compelling: that short-lived moment when an anthropologist thinks she has a tribe all figured out. There are so many ways to think about the concept in terms of the love triangle, and the suppositions that each of the... Read More »

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Jan 13, 2021

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Jan 11, 2021

Although I generally enjoy fiction with a science bent, I felt luke-warm about this book. I finished it just to see how such a story would end, and again, I was disappointed. Although the female anthropologist was an independent-minded women, she let herself be dominated by her abusive husband. Also, I didn't think the author drew a direct enough line between the cultures of the tribes being studied and the universality of human behavior. Or maybe she tried, but I just missed it.

I have no issue with the author researching the life of Margaret Mead in writing this novel in order to ground her story with believable detail. That was probably the best thing about this book. But anyone who thinks the story is about Mead would be wrong. From what I've read about Mead, she was a far different person than the anthropologist described in this book.

Dec 05, 2020

I enjoyed reading this novel but I take issue with writers who base a fictional account on a real character. If you want to write a fiction about anthropologists in New Guinea in the early 20th century, go ahead and do that. If you want to write a biography of Margaret Mead, do so. A number of reviewers said they didn't know about Margaret Mead and I would argue that they still don't. What is the point of taking someone's real life and adding fictional experiences to it? I understand that all historical fiction invents dialogue that the characters might have said to create the fiction but this goes too far when inventing events, especially the ending.

HCL_staff_reviews Sep 08, 2020

When Andrew Bankson meets fellow anthropologists Nell Stone and her husband Fen in New Guinea, they have just emerged from a treacherous experience studying the Mumbanyo and are looking for an alternative mission of discovery. He offers to deliver them to a new, unstudied tribe a bit further up the river, all the while endlessly fascinated and captivated by the couple -- Nell in particular. Based loosely on events and people in the life of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is a love triangle simultaneously offering readers a tantalizing peek into the field of anthropology in the early- to mid-1900s -- even better enjoyed if you have ever wanted to be an anthropologist yourself. -- Julia S., Eden Prairie Library

Aug 25, 2020

Euphoria by Lily King fictionally encompasses the life of Margaret Mead. The story centers on a love triangle of three anthropologists in 1930’s New Guinea. The hardships and medical problems alarm this reader. Why do people forsake comfort and head into darkness and for what rewards? The story transplants the reader into a story like The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. The language flowers the area with beauty. The events plunge into realism and despair.

CMLibrary_sally Feb 13, 2020

Well written book, but not for everyone. Adult material.

ontherideau Jun 17, 2019

As one reader says this book is "humid". The sense of place and culture was well described, a different view point of history I was not familiar with.

May 14, 2019

Have not known about Mead before reading the book, I was entertained as a voyeur more than a thinker.
No one figure affected me deep enough to outlast other books, and no fresh point of view to enlighten me, but her imaginative writing on a (mostly) academic subject is lyrical, implicit, and juicy, which is my major positive take.

Dec 21, 2018

I liked the writer's style - using a diary to give one charater's point of view, some 3rd person narration and some narration by one of the main characters.
I found the characters interesting, how they interacted, their strengths and weaknesses and how each represented different perspectives of anthropology field work.
I am intrigued to learn more about the real Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune and Gregory Bateson.
The focus on the 3 white anglo characters means it lacks the perspective of the native people, but it is a short novel and can only do so much.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

I could not stop listening to this audiobook. The title has two great narrators, as the point of view shifts between American anthrolopologist Nell Stone and her English colleague, Andrew Bankson. Euphoria is a richly detailed, captivating historical fiction set in 1930s Papua New Guinea and loosely based on the life of Margaret Meade.

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