by Hanya Yanagihara

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I have never read a book like The People in the Trees, except maybe Lolita. The reader gets drawn deeply into the moral relativism of the first person narrator: a racist, misogynist pedophile and acclaimed scientist. Creepy, intriguing, and beautifully written The People in the Trees tells the unique and interesting story of a Micronesian tribe discovered to contain the secret to immortality. There is a lot going on in this book: the island world has elements of magical realism and the collision of two societies offers plenty of post-colonial commentary. You will end this read with a lot of questions and a great perspective of a time period when anthropologists were out in the field making first contact with "unknown" people.

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