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State of wonder
2011
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Characters
Marina Singh (Female), Pharmaceutical company employee, Researcher, Gave up a career as a doctor after botching an emergency delivery as an intern; having an affair with her married boss; sent to Amazon to investigate the death of her colleague; sheds clothes, technology, old loves, and modern medicine as she finds herself
Annick Swenson (Female), Doctor, Scientist, Marina's former mentor; on the cusp of developing a fertility drug
Genre
Adventure
Fiction
Medical
Topics
Pharmaceutical industry
Suspicious deaths
Journeys
Search for truth
Drugs
Natives
Life changes
Transformations
Medical research
Scientific research
Setting
Minnesota - Midwest (U.S.)
Brazil - South America
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Deep in the Amazon jungle, a research scientist confronts her past and her own mortality, with life-altering consequences. Narrated by Hope Davis. (LJ 10/1/11) (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p>"Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction."--New York Times Book Review<br></p> <p>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 Amazon 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.</p>
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