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"Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett's fiction."—New YorkTimes Book ReviewAward-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of...
"Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett's fiction."—New YorkTimes Book ReviewAward-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of...
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  • "Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett's fiction."—New YorkTimes Book Review

    Award-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonrainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotionalurgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician's Assistant, and ThePatron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers anenthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventurestory and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name ofdiscovery and love.

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  • ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog, Sparky. annpatchett.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 4, 2011
    Patchett (Bel Canto) is a master storyteller who has an entertaining habit of dropping ordinary people into extraordinary and exotic circumstances to see what they're made of. In this expansive page-turner, Marina Singh, a big pharma researcher, is sent by her married boss/lover to the deepest, darkest corner of the Amazon to investigate the death of her colleague, Anders Eckman, who had been dispatched to check on the progress of the incommunicado Dr. Annick Swenson, a rogue scientist on the cusp of developing a fertility drug that could rock the medical profession (and reap enormous profits). After arriving in Manaus, Marina travels into her own heart of darkness, finding Dr. Swenson's camp among the Lakashi, a gentle but enigmatic tribe whose women go on bearing children until the end of their lives. As Marina settles in, she goes native, losing everything she had held on to so dearly in her prescribed Midwestern life, shedding clothing, technology, old loves, and modern medicine in order to find herself. Patchett's fluid prose dissolves in the suspense of this out-there adventure, a juggernaut of a trip to the crossroads of science, ethics, and commerce that readers will hate to see end.

  • New York Times

    "An engaging, consummately told tale."

  • The New Yorker

    "Emotionally lucid. . . . Patchett is at her lyrical best when she catalogues the jungle."

  • Washington Post

    "This is surely the smartest, most exciting novel of the summer."

  • Wall Street Journal

    "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."

  • O, the Oprah Magazine

    "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."

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    "A spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett. . . . Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures--even better than Patchett's breakthrough Bel Canto."

  • Library Journal (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."

  • MORE Magazine

    "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."

  • Shelf Awareness

    "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"

  • Boston Globe

    "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."

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