At a small Massachusetts college, four men form a life-long bond. There’s kind Willem, an aspiring actor; Malcolm, who builds intricate structures out of paper; and JB, a budding painter with a somewhat abrasive personality. And at their center is … Continue reading
THE PEOPLE IN THE TREES
by Hanya Yanagihara
Doubleday; Aug. 13, 2013
Hardcover; 384 pages
In 1950, young doctor Norton Perina agrees to join an anthropological expedition to Ivu ‘ivu, a Micronesian island nearly untouched by Western society. With the help of an islander, the team is able to find the mysterious “lost tribe” they wish to study — but this discovery leads to an even more important one.
Norton and company happen upon a group of exiles from the village — a group of people who are impossibly old, if the testimony of the villagers is to be believed. But immortality has a price; although “the dreamers” appear to have stopped aging at 60, they suffer extreme senility. Continue reading