State of Wonder

By Ann Patchett
(Bloomsbury UK, Hardcover, 9781408818596)

Publication Date: June 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“When Marina Singh receives a note that her office mate, Anders Eckman, has died in the Amazon while investigating scientific work on female fertility, she is persuaded to follow him into the jungle in search of the doctor with whom he worked -- who has also exerted a crucial influence on Marina's life - and to retrieve Anders' personal effects. This spellbinding, richly atmospheric novel raises ethical questions about scientific research and discovery, loyalty, honesty, and love. Not to be missed!”
-- Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2011 Indie Next List


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In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, "State of Wonder" presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, "State of Wonder" is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy.




NPR
Saturday, Jun 25, 2011

NPR's Lynn Neary taps three book critics � Laura Miller, Ron Charles and Rigoberto Gonzalez � to get their picks for the best summer reading. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011

A new novel from Ann Patchett, called State of Wonder, is set in the Amazon jungle where a drug has been found that can keep women fertile into their 70s. More at NPR.org

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