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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 am mystified by the fact this gem of a book does not have five stars. Such a delicious and delightful story! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sabbeth43
I was completely swept away to another time and place in Lily Kong's Euphoria! I could not put this book down until I had read the last word! Loved it!Published 3 days ago by Jerseygirl
Didn't like it at first. Another "girls behaving badly" book. But I later began to care about the characters, although it was predictable in the "who done it."Published 3 days ago by Anne Carman
I read this book because of the rave reviews, but was very disappointed. It is a boring book. Nothing happens. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jim H.
I listened to the audio book, and the narrators are excellent. This novel is a wonderful combination of science, romance, travel, and a little bit of mystery and suspense. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Linda Newman
The narrator changed was not easy to identify. The details about the different tribes did not always add to the storyline.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer