Lily King grew up in Manchester, Massachusetts. She received her
B.A. in English Literature from University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse
University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several
universities and high schools in this country and abroad.
Lily's first novel, THE PLEASING HOUR (1999) won the Barnes and
Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable
Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her second, THE
ENGLISH TEACHER, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten
Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the
Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. FATHER OF RAIN,
her third novel, was published in July, 2010.
Lily is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a Whiting
Award. Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines
including Ploughshares and Glimmer Train, as well
as in several anthologies.
English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control.