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State of Wonder

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Publisher: Harperaudio

Publish Date: May 2012

ISBN-13: 9780062119247

ISBN-10: 0062119249

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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.

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Publisher: Harperaudio
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9780062119247
ISBN-10: 0062119249
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.1 x 5.8 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Patchett, Ann

Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) is an American author. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Patchett's other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, which was short listed for the Orange Prize and State of Wonder.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-04-01)

In this superbly rendered novel, Patchett (Run) takes the reader into the primitive world of the Amazon in Brazil. Pharmacologist Marina Singh from Minnesota works for the pharmaceutical company Vogel. Her colleague Anders Eckman dies in the jungle while trying to locate Dr. Annick Swen son, who has been working on a fertility drug for Vogel by studying the Lakashi people, whose women bear children into old age. Marina's journey to the Amazon to find the uncommunicative and intimidating Dr. Swen-son and to discover the details of Anders's death is fraught with poisonous snakes and poisonous memories, malarial mosquitoes and sickening losses, but her time among the Lakashi tribe is transformative.

Verdict: Not a sentimental view of a primitive people, 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. Readers who enjoy exotic locales will especially be interested, but all will find this story powerful and captivating.

[See Prepub Alert, 11/29/10.] - Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-10-01)

Dr. Marina Singh reluctantly leaves her native Minnesota for a fact-finding mission to an unknown destination along the Amazon River. She arrives in Manaus and after the loss of her suitcase, the trip up the river, and finally the loss of her Western clothing to native Lakashis, she is reborn in the tropical womb of the rain forest. The practical scientific background of Marina and her colleagues is reinforced by Hope Davis's precise diction.

She uses inflections and accents befitting the range of characters Marina meets in Brazil-Midwesterners, New Englanders, Brazilians, Africans, Australians-which helps build the remote Amazon research community within the listener's imagination. We are drawn into a fascinating and frightening world as -Davis and Patchett take you from one civilization to another. Recommended for all audio devotees.

- Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Audie Award, 2012 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2011 (United States)
  • Orange Prize for Fiction, 2012 (United Kingdom)

Book description

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 Swen son, 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. Swen son 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. Swen son 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.

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