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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: If I tell you that Euphoria is a novel loosely based on the life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead, your eyes will start to glaze over. Well, they shouldn’t--not when the novel is as wonderful as this one. Its both romantic and intelligent, a combination you don’t need to be a scientist to know doesn’t appear often in nature. Mead, a controversial character in real life, is here transmuted into the equally complex (and somewhat sickly) Nell Stone, who has made a reputation for herself by studying native tribes in New Guinea. Her husband, also an anthropologist, is more jealous than dutiful, although he does manage to make her feel inadequate for failing to produce a baby. Enter a charming-but-tortured third anthropologist, who at times seems to be unsure to which of his new friends he’s more attracted. Sparks of the emotional and sexual kind fly, but what’s even more interesting is the portrait of a growing friendship based at least partly on philosophy and attitudes toward “primitive” cultures. You know from the beginning that some bad things are going to happen, but it is to King’s great credit (and the fact that she changes some of the events in Mead’s life) that you can’t really guess what they are. This is the best kind of historical novel--the kind that sent me running to read more about its real-life inspiration. --Sara Nelson
I ate this book up, I loved it. I can't find the words to explain why it seemed so perfect to me but it did. The characters were interesting, the plot was clear and original. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Harmony
I usually do not like science fiction but this book is so much more. Written beautifully it is about love, humanism failure etc.
do not miss this read.
I loved the far away feeling - the interesting, colorful characters . But I especially liked the authenticity of Nell ann B's forbidden romance.Published 4 days ago by slowmomomma
What an adventure to follow the Three social anthropologists Nell, Fen and Bankston in discovery of New Guinea tribes and the ways of their own hearts
Margaret Mead has always... Read more
I did not love the book but it was interesting. It took at least 1/3 of it to get through to the character development and real story line. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nana8
I love historical fiction. Euphoria gave me something new to explore; the field of anthropology, the place of New Guinea, and the time of 1930s (pre WWII). Read morePublished 6 days ago by Connie A. King