Euphoria, by Lily King, is one of the best books I've ever read.
Whoa. Bold statement, right? I know I'm probably not telling you a hot secret, seeing as Euphoria is a several times over award winner, but if you haven't had a chance to pick it up: now is the time!
Based on the life of Margaret Mead (real-life pioneer in the field of anthropology)-- this 2014 novel is a can't-put-it-down thrill to read. King totally immerses you into this intense moment in history: anthropology as a budding field of research, women taking charge in the male dominated 1930s, "Western advancement" in all its evil...and yet the 254 pages of Euphoria is also perfectly written emotional journal of three unique people. A love triangle that tests the definition of marriage, of sexuality (especially in the early 20th century), and of (dare I say) euphoria.
plus, the fact that Rainbow Gum trees are a real thing is amazingly mind blowing. Bark that oxidizes at different rates, turning bright rainbow colors?? WHAT IS THIS SCIENCE?
Did I lose you there for a minute? Sorry, I can't help but be totally wowed.
But even if you aren't impressed by Rainbows growing out of the Earth-- you will be by this book.