State of Wonder Award winning New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles science and sacrifice set in the rainforest Infusing the narrative
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Title: State of Wonder
Author: Ann Patchett
Format: Kindle Edition
Award winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the rainforest Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotional urgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician s Assistant, and The Patron Saint of LiarsAward winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the rainforest Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotional urgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician s Assistant, and The Patron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers an enthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.Dr Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the development of which has already cost the company a fortune Nothing about Marina s assignment is easy not only does no one know where Dr Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina s research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend s death, the state of her company s future, and her own past.Once found, Dr Swenson, now in her seventies, is as ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was back in the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler 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, who finds she may still be unable to live up to her teacher s expectations.In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, 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.