The People in the Trees

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Atlantic Books, 2014 - Classic fiction - 368 pages
In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs up to accompany an anthropological expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumoured lost tribe. The expedition is a success, locating not only the tribe but also a group of forest dwellers that the scientists dub 'The Dreamers', a loose band of fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile islanders. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; he kills one and smuggles some of its meat back to the States. He proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and a Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that the turtle's miraculous property comes at a terrible price. As things quickly spiral out of control, his own demons begin to take hold, with devastating personal consequences.

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User Review  - JReynolds1959 - LibraryThing

Norton Perina is a scientist who is brought to an island to study a very unknown race of people. He discovers many things about their culture and learns that they are much older than we are accustomed ... Read full review

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User Review  - stephkaye - LibraryThing

Not as compelling as A Little Life, though both novels touch on similar topics: man-on-boy sexual abuse. The main reason is that A Little Life was told from the points of view of the victim and his friends, while The People in the Trees is told from the point of view of a friend of the abuser. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Hanya Yanagihara was born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Smith College. She has worked as a publicist, a writer and editor for Conde Nast Traveler, and a deputy editor for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Her novels include The People in the Trees and A Little Life, which won the Kirkus Prize for fiction in 2015. A Little Life also won Fiction Book of the Year from the 2016 British Book Industry Awards.

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