State of Wonder
"A nail-biting narrative, setting stark human dilemmas against a lush, exotic backdrop."-- People
"Extraordinary. . . . Nothing is as it seems, and the ending is as shocking as it's satisfying." -- Boston Globe
From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett, a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest
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's 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. Patchett delivers a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.
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About the Author
Ann Patchett is the author of several novels, works of nonfiction, and children's books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the PEN/Faulkner, the Women's Prize in the U.K., and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her novel The Dutch House was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the owner of Parnassus Books.
"An engaging, consummately told tale." -- New York Times
"Emotionally lucid. . . . Patchett is at her lyrical best when she catalogues the jungle." -- The New Yorker
"This is surely the smartest, most exciting novel of the summer." -- Washington Post
"The Amazon setting is something Patchett does rather marvelously.... The book is serious, but also so pleasurable that you hope it won't end." -- NPR
"Outlandishly entertaining...[with] a brilliantly constructed plot." -- Elle
"Packs a textbook's worth of ethical conundrums into a smart and tidily delivered story. . . . Ms. Patchett presents an alluring interplay between civilization and wilderness, between aid and exploitation." -- Wall Street Journal
"The large canvas of sweeping moral issues, both personal and global, comes to life through careful attention to details, however seemingly mundane--from ill-fitting shoes and mosquito bites to a woman tenderly braiding another woman's hair." -- O, the Oprah Magazine
"A spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett. . . . Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures--even better than Patchett's breakthrough Bel Canto." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A superbly rendered novel. . . . Patchett's portrayal is as wonderful as it is frightening and foreign. Patchett exhibits an extraordinary ability to bring the horrors and the wonders of the Amazon jungle to life, and her singular characters are wonderfully drawn. . . . Powerful and captivating." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"A thrilling new novel. . . . The world imagined in this novel is unusually vivid. . . . Reading State of Wonder is a sensory experience, and even after it's over you'll keep hearing the sounds of insects, and your own head will still be hot." --
"A thrilling new novel. . . . The world imagined in this novel is unusually vivid. . . . Reading State of Wonder is a sensory experience, and even after it's over you'll keep hearing the sounds of insects, and your own head will still be hot." -- MORE Magazine
"Patchett makes the jungle jump off the page...This is Patchett's best effort since The Patron Saint of Liars and, yes, that includes Bel Canto" -- Shelf Awareness
"Extraordinary. . . . Is there nothing the prodigiously talented Ann Patchett can't do? . . . Patchett's last knockout pages proceed full-speed ahead, with more twists and turns and trachery than the Amazon River. Nothing is as it seems, and the ending is as shocking as it's satisfying." -- Boston Globe