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Lily King grew up in Massachusetts and received her B.A. in English Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several universities and high schools in this country and abroad. Lily's new novel, Euphoria, was released in June 2014. It has drawn significant acclaim so far, being named an Amazon Book of the Month, on the Indie Next List, and hitting numerous summer reading lists from The Boston Globe to O Magazine and USA Today. Reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, Emily Eakin called Euphoria, “a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace.”

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Lily King Hi Sara! Great question! When I first got the idea and started researching, I thought I would tell, as best I could from pretty limited sources, the s…moreHi Sara! Great question! When I first got the idea and started researching, I thought I would tell, as best I could from pretty limited sources, the story of what happened with Margaret Mead, her second husband Reo Fortune, and the British anthropologist Gregory Bateson in 1933 in what was then called the Territory of New Guinea. But the by the end of the first page of the first draft of the book, I remembered I was a novelist, not a biographer or a historian and I had no interest in sticking to the facts. My only allegiance is to my characters and the story as it unfolds. And my characters very quickly became my own; they were not Mead or Fortune or Bateson. How could they be? I had never met them and only knew a limited amount of things about them. But to create fictional characters you have to know everything--or you have to give yourself the freedom to know whatever you need at any given moment to know. So I borrowed from my real-life inspirations, but I made up much, much more. I had to make up the rules as I went—I didn't know any books that had this model but I wasn't thinking about models or anything like that. I was just trying to write a book I would like to read. That's all I can ever do. That's what I stay loyal to. I have heard from Mead and Bateson's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, a gifted writer and anthropologist, and she has been wonderful and supportive. She is fully aware that I was not trying to capture the personalities or story of her parents. Sorry, long answer!(less)
Lily King Oh how happy that makes me that you started a book club because of it! Yes, it does feel like a bit of a bug I've caught. I have a few more ideas for …moreOh how happy that makes me that you started a book club because of it! Yes, it does feel like a bit of a bug I've caught. I have a few more ideas for sometime in the future. But right now I'm working on something contemporary. It's much harder than Euphoria and I'm daunted by the challenge. But I think that's probably a good way to feel. Thanks so much for writing. Can I recommend Old Filth to your club? I love that book so. (less)
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“It’s a particular kind of pleasure, of intimacy, loving a book with someone.”
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“I squat there and think about how you get trained early on as a woman to perceive how others are perceiving you, at the great expense of what you yourself are feeling about them. Sometimes you mix the two up in a terrible tangle that’s hard to unravel.”
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“Nearly every guy I've dated believed they should already be famous, believed that greatness was their destiny and they were already behind schedule. An early moment of intimacy often involved a confession of this sort: a childhood vision, teacher's prophecy, a genius IQ. At first, with my boyfriend in college, I believed it, too. Later, I thought I was just choosing delusional men. Now I understand it's how boys are raised to think, how they are lured into adulthood. I've met ambitious women, driven women, but no woman has ever told me that greatness was her destiny.”
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message 2: by Robb

Robb Forman I have no idea how this site works, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed and deeply admired KING OF THE RAIN, which was recommended to me by Anne Tyler. I have all your books on order, now, and I'm delighted to have them to look forward to.
I hope you're content and flourishing! All best wishes--Robb Forman Dew (robbdew@me.com)


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Susan Conley Dear Lily, what a fascinating list. I love its breadth and scope. It makes me want to go buy every single title and reread the ones I already know.

Your friend in books, Susan


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