June Bookclub: State of Wonder by Anne Patchett

In State of Wonder, pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains and effects of a colleague who recently died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. But first she must locate Dr. Anneck Swenson, a renowned gynecologist who has spent years looking at the reproductive habits of a local tribe where women can conceive well into their middle ages and beyond. Eccentric and notoriously tough, Swenson is paid to find the key to this longstanding childbearing ability by the same company for which Dr. Singh works. Yet that isn’t their only connection: both have an overlapping professional past that Dr. Singh has long tried to forget. In finding her former mentor, Dr. Singh must face her own disappointments and regrets, along with the jungle’s unforgiving humidity and insects, making State of Wonder a multi-layered atmospheric novel that is hard to put down. Indeed, Patchett solidifies her well-deserved place as one of today’s master storytellers. Emotional, vivid, and a work of literature that will surely resonate with readers in the weeks and months to come, State of Wonder truly is a thing of beauty and mystery, much like the Amazon jungle itself.

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  • Lisa

    Sorry to cancel last minute. There is a corpse flower blooming at Selby gardens. That only happens every 5-7 years and only lasts a couple days. This is a bucket item list for me so please forgive me! Have a great weekend!

    June 20, 2014

  • Terri

    Great discussion!

    June 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussions about the book. Enjoyed everyone

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late but on my way

    June 21, 2014

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