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Readers of exciting, challenging, and visionary literary fiction—including admirers of Norman Rush’s Mating, Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Peter Matthiessen’s At Play in the Fields of the Lord—will be drawn to this astonishingly gripping and accomplished first novel. A decade in the writing, this is an anthropological adventure story that combines the visceral allure of a thriller with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide. It is a book that instantly catapults Hanya Yanagihara into the company of young novelists who truly matter.

In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu’ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub “The Dreamers,” who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the United States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price. As things quickly spiral out of his control, his own demons take hold—with devastating consequences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing, beautifully detailed…an impressive debut for Hanya Yanagihara.”

    Paul Theroux, New York Times bestselling author

  • “One of the year’s best books…Driven by Yanagihara’s gorgeously complete imaginary ethnography on the one hand and, on the other, by her brilliantly detestable narrator, this debut novel is compelling on every level—morally, aesthetically, and narratively.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • The People in the Trees is a Nabokovian phantasmagoria, bound to raise serious, interesting, troubling questions. Hanya Yanagihara is a writer to watch.”

    Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Color of Night and All Souls’ Rising

  • “A triumph of the imagination.”

    Anthony Doerr, author of Four Seasons in Rome and The Shell Collector

  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 for Fiction
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About the Author

Hanya Yanagihara, the author of The People in the Trees, is a former member of the Vintage publicity department. She currently works as editor-at-large at Conde Nast Traveler in New York City.