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The People in the Trees (Paperback)

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A powerful work of visionary literary fiction from the bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award nominated modern classic, A Little Life.

It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself. Disquieting yet thrilling, The People in the Trees is an anthropological adventure story with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide.

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A powerful work of visionary literary fiction from the bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award nominated modern classic, A Little Life.

It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself. Disquieting yet thrilling, The People in the Trees is an anthropological adventure story with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide.

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ISBN 9780345803313
Length (cm) 13.0000
Width (cm) 3.0000
Height (cm) 20.0000
Publisher Anchor
Publication Date May 6, 2014
Pages (number) 496
Genre Contemporary Fiction
Author Hanya Yanagihara
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Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

"Yanagihara presents a cautionary tale about what can happen when Western arrogance meets primeval culture." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Exhaustingly inventive and almost defiant in its refusal to offer redemption or solace. . . . As for Yanagihara, she is a writer to marvel at.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A deeply satisfying adventure story. . . . Provokes discussions about science, morality and our obsession with youth.” —Chicago Tribune

“Richly imagined. . . . Striking and highly satisfying." —The Guardian (London)

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