State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

Without a doubt, State of Wonder (HarperCollins, $26.99), by Ann Patchett, is the book I enjoyed reading the most in 2011. For a bookseller, that’s a pretty bold statement. Open this novel and let Patchett’s beautiful, evocative writing take you far away to a place you probably never want to visit, the Brazilian rain forest.  It’s full of excessive heat, very large snakes, and a LOT of insects.  Nevertheless, our heroine, Marina, a research physician from Minnesota, goes there to bring back the body of her colleague.   He died mysteriously while on assignment for the drug company they both work for.   While there, she encounters her former mentor who is working on a very secret (and potentially lucrative) fertility drug.  We go with Marina from cold, desolate Minnesota to the sweaty depths of the rain forest as she uncovers truths, including her own. Patchett has a way of making every detail of Marina’s journey interesting and believable.  I couldn’t put it down.

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ISBN: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2012