Lily King is an award-winning author best known for writing Euphoria and Writers & Lovers. She won the Kirkus Award and The New England Book Award for Euphoria. That book was also named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review and was one of TIME’s Top 10 Fiction Books of the year.

King grew up in Massachusetts before heading to North Carolina for college. She would earn her B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She would then go on to earn her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Pleasing Hour (1999)Description / Buy at
The English Teacher (2005)Description / Buy at
Father of the Rain (2010)Description / Buy at
Euphoria (2014)Description / Buy at
Writers and Lovers (2020)Description / Buy at
Five Tuesdays in Winter (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Ploughshares: Fall 2005(2005)Description / Buy at

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Euphoria follows an English anthropologist named Andrew who has been alone in the field for several years as he studies the Kiona river tribe in New Guinea. He is growing increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research. That, along with the memory of his brothers’ death, has him contemplating suicide. Then a chance encounter with colleagues pulls him back from the brink. He meets up with Nell and Fen who has just fled Mumabnyo and are looking for a new discovery. Andrew finds them a tribe nearby, the female dominated Tam, he ends up igniting a intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them.

Writers & Lovers sees a woman blindsided by her mother’s death heading to Massachusetts without any plan in the summer of 1997. She is working as a waitress while all her friends have moved on to better things, but she remains committed to the idea of a creative life and works on her novel at night. Things get interesting in her life when she falls for two different men at the same time. Her desire to balance art and life will be challenged in ways that push her to her limit.

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