Lily King: Her novels awards, praise

In 2002, novelist Lily King moved to Yarmouth to raise her family after spending her summers on North Haven Island. She has published three novels since becoming a full-time Maine resident. Her first, “The English Teacher,” won the 2005 Maine Book Award for Fiction and was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the best book of the year. Her novel, “Father of the Rain,” which was published in 2010, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and a Maine Literary Awards winner for fiction.

Her most recent book, “Euphoria,” has been her biggest commercial and critical success to date. The novel, which is loosely based on the life of Margaret Mead, won the Kirkus Prize for Fiction in 2014, as well as the New England Book Award for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and found itself on multiple year-end top 10 lists, including the New York Times’, The Washington Post’s, Time’s and NPR’s.

She volunteers and is a member of the board of directors for The Telling Room, a writing center in Portland that is dedicated to fostering the storytelling skills of children and young adults ages 6-18. For more information, visit

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