STATE OF WONDER By Ann Patchett

  • October 24, 2012 · 7:00 PM

State of Wonder
Ann Patchett, 2011
HarperCollins
368 pp.

We all loved Bel Canto, so let's treat ourselves to the newest Ann Patchett novel.


Ann Patchett raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle.

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

Once found, Dr. Swenson is as imperious and uncompromising as ever. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina.

State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side. (From the publisher.)

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  • Terri

    Wonderful!! I always enjoy our discussions, but I especially loved our talk about this book last night. I believe everyone went away having had a vibrant, fulfilling chat about State Of Wonder.

    October 25, 2012

  • Jill

    Thanks everyone for a GREAT meetup about the wonderful book.

    October 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Do you folks prepare your book reading list ahead of time by any chance?

    October 18, 2012

    • Jill

      Books are selected on an ongoing basis. Suggestions are encouraged.

      October 19, 2012

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