Recommended Reading: The People in the Trees

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara is a dark book that really sticks with you. On an expedition to a remote island in the South Pacific, a scientist discovers that the native people have significantly increased their lifespans by eating a rare turtle, but their immortality comes at the price of severe mental degeneration. After winning the Nobel Prize for his discovery, the scientist is convicted of sexually abusing one of his forty-three children, adopted from the island.


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