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Thursday, June 14, 2012

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (an introduction)

State of Wonder
Author:  Ann Patchett
Published: May 2012 (this edition)
Publisher:  Harper Perennial
Pages: 384
Source:  I received a complimentary copy of State of Wonder from TLC book tours in exchange for an honest opinion, without prejudice.

"In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest’s jeweled canopy." (from TLC Book Tours)

My review is forthcoming, within a week.  For now I just have to say that from the moment I began reading State of Wonder, I was captured.  Ann Patchett writes in a smooth, flowing manner that, at the same time, has a sense of drama to it.  I have already had a moment of tears while reading State of Wonder, which is an indication that I will enjoy this book!  I love a book that evokes emotion from the reader, and Ann has already achieved that with me.  As I continue in this novel, I anxiously wonder what awaits in the Amazon.  I can't wait to find out!  Check back with me soon for the full review.
About the Author: Ann Patchett is the author of six novels: State of Wonder; the New York Times bestselling RunThe Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician’s Assistant; and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of two works of nonfiction: the New York Times bestselling Truth & Beauty and What now? Patchett has written for many publications, including the Atlantic MonthlyHarper’s MagazineGourmet, the New York TimesVogue, and the Washington Post. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Visit Ann at her website.


  1. Love this cover! The colour is a great improvement over the original beige tones.

  2. I can't wait to read this one...have had my eye on it for quite some time :)

  3. I liked this one too - it captured me from the beginning! And I love the colors on the PB cover - much better than the HC.


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