State of Wonder : A Novel (Hardcover)

Author: Patchett, Ann

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Award-winning "New York Times"-bestselling author Patchett ("Bel Canto, The Magician''s Assistant") returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780062049803
SKU 217574850
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0062049801
Release Date 6/7/2011
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Ann Patchett
Patchett was named a Bunting Institute Fellow at Radcliffe College in 1993.
"In fluid and remarkably atmospheric prose, Patchett captures not only the sights and sounds of the chaotic jungle environment but also the struggle and sacrifice of dedicated scientists."
"STATE OF WONDER is an engaging, consummately told tale. Patchett's deadpan narrative style showcases a dry humor that enables her to wed, with fine effect, the world of AVATAR or the ODYSSEY with that of corporate board meetings, R&D reports and peer review. This unlikely marriage of the magical and the prosaic, of poison-tipped arrows and Fourth of July barbecues, informs every line of her prose."
"[E]motionally lucid...."
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Annotation A researcher tasked with exploring chemical properties of rainforest life disappears in the Amazon, necessitating a search by her devoted protégé Marina Singh. The missing Dr. Swenson proves a formidable update to the classic Livingstone/Kurtz role when Singh manages to locate her in the jungle, and STATE OF WONDER rebounds into a novel that pits brutal entrepreneurial will against critical scientific acumen. Amidst dangers including cannibals and vipers, Swenson has enrolled a group of nomadic Indians in labor and, determined to finish her project, forces the hesitant Singh to decide between mission and mentor.
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Number of Pages 0368
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