State of Wonder

State of Wonder

by Ann Patchett, Hope Davis
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, Hope Davis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062119247
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 124
Sales rank: 442,048
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.58(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

Hope Davis' films include The Weather Man, Proof, Dumas, American Splendor (Golden Globe Nomination), The Secret Lives of Dentists (2003 Best Actress, New York Film Critics), About Schmidt, Hearts of Atlantis, Mumford, Arlington Road, Next Stop Wonderland, and Daytrippers. Her stage credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Spinning Into Butter, Ivanov, and Two Shakespearean Actors.


Nashville, Tennessee

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1963

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1985; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1987

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State of Wonder 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 786 reviews.
angeleyesAS More than 1 year ago
Great atmosphere and entertaining, the story moves without pause and is never boring. Loaded with tension and sense of foreboding, there are several places that were truly hard to read. The story surged forward with unpredictable twists and turns and kept me engrossed right up to the last page. Marina is a research doctor in Minnesota. A teammate, Anders, dies in the jungles of the Amazon. For some reason, her employer and secret lover, Mr. Fox, wants Marina to seek out the truth about Anders' death. She couldn't understand, why her? She has no skills in the area and knows little about the project in the Amazon. She and Anders were working together on a cholesterol drug. After getting together with Anders' grieving wife and sons, Marina feels it her duty to make the journey, even though she will once again meet her stern mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson. Swenson knows things about Marina that Marina wants to forget. Marina Singh's real exploration is her discovery of other people and of herself. This is another excellent Patchett work that will not be able to tear yourself away from.
PaulaW More than 1 year ago
I'm such a sucker for a well-written book that makes me think, and this book was all of that and then some. Read the synopsis and it sounds like a book about doctors and the Amazon and ethics; and it is. But to me, the central theme of the story is about mentors. How is it possible that our mentors and teachers keep us under their spell and eager for their approval for years after we've grown up? Or for years after we've known them for the imperfect humans they really are? Where does that pull come from? In this story, nearly every person has a mentor they are trying to understand or trying to cover for or trying to earn praise from, then I found myself falling under their spells, too. This was a very intriguing book and I recommend it to absolutely anyone who loves to read books several times to find something different each time.
groneng More than 1 year ago
I am truly surprised by the 3 star rating on this book because I couldn't put it down! It really annoyed my family. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
jessie2 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book. I love Ann Patchett, Bel Canto was a masterpiece, and so was this book until the very end. I really thought the ending would be totally different and it disappointed me. I actually went back and read the ending twice just to see if I was missing something, but alas, there wasn't. Still a wonderful book and I would recommend it just for atmosphere alone.
Colorfulknitter More than 1 year ago
This book holds up to Ms. Patchett's high standards of acute observation of human nature. She presents ethical and moral dilemmas through the thoughts and actions of her characters. Life is never "black and white" in her stories. This story, as did "Bel Canto", repeatedly raises the question of what is the "right" thing to do. Do circumstances affect what is "right"? There are no easy answers, but we readers are improved by contemplating the questions.
Dukewife More than 1 year ago
Who knew a research scientist, the amazon, anaconda's, cannibals and a mysterious "fertility" drug would be that interesting! Read this book over the weekend and I just couldn't put it down. The critics were right when they praised this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it was not a selection for my book club I would never have finished this book. The story is ridiculous, characters are mostly whiny and self-centered and the writing is unexceptional. Do not understand why other readers found the story so exciting. I couldn't wait for it to end. I also find it interesting that Ann Patchett never mentions where she found her information about the Amazon or the tribes that might inhabit it. If you want to read an exciting and incredibly interesting story about the Amazon, read River of Doubt.
Caitlin Madison More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, my first by this author and it won' t be my last. I felt like I was right there along with Marina in Brazil trying to find Anders!! When she talked about how hot it was and how many bugs there were I truly started to get hot and my skin started to crawl. You will feel like you are part of this story!!!!
julie12332 More than 1 year ago
The story was interesting and thought provoking. I think the ending was rushed ....actually the whole book was rushed. I could have stood more content and character development. Not sorry I read it but it really could have been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a hard read becaue the story moved so slowly. Nothing feels exciting. Everything that should have had you on the edge of your seat was like, meh. Hated most of the book especially the ending! Ridiculous!
alwaysreadinginTX More than 1 year ago
Hard to give this book even one star. Even the author got bored with this story and rushed to finish it in the last ten pages. Implausible story with an ending that puts the main characters to shame. The positive reviews must have been written by the author's friends and editor. Bought this as an ebook - money and time wasted - can I get a refund?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost nothing in this tale is believable. The narrator calls her lover "Mr." rather than use his given name. She seems careless and unprepared for her trip to the jungle. A drug company has supposedly supported a lab in the jungle for many years without any results or reports from the Dr in charge. That's about all I can say without giving away the story. Ann Patchett does exhibit a vivid imagination but the plot and characters are not plausible.
MarieandMe More than 1 year ago
I am amazed by all the hype about this book. How implausible to think that women would want to remain fertile until they die! You really have so suspend your grip on reality to like this book. I found it fantastical and ridiculous. Perhaps it should be put into the fairy tale genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just got worse and worse and worse. I couldn't believe this was by the author of Bel Canto. Ridiculous storyline and flat characterization.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled with this book, my wife as well! It left me hanging at the end. I would not reccomend it to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why was this book on so many of my recommendation lists? it seemed like every where i looked this book came up as one of the best books of the year. I even read some really good reviews. So why I ask. For starters there is nothing about the writing that jumped out at me as beautiful. Then there were the characters themselves who were poorly developed. I couldnt bring myself to like any of them. I will not lie, i did not even finish this book. Maybe it is the ending that makes this story great but ive read two thirds of it and im bored to death! It drags on and on! My advice, get it from the library first before you buy it. Truly a dissapointing book!
Megan Hines More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, but I was not satisfied with the ending It didn't seem to follow with what I thouht the characters were like
Tell-me-a-story More than 1 year ago
The writing was beautiful, but the story didn't really live up to its potential. The ending was a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, engaging book. This was a page turner that I wanted to quickly read but knew I needed to read slowly to relish every page because books like this don't come around very often. I highly recommend this unique story. Warning: once you start reading you will not be able to get a constructive thing done in your life...this book will occupy your every waking moment.
Corrine Powers-Kleckner More than 1 year ago
If you like slow books,this is the book for you. I was never on the edge of my seat with this read. I honestly fell asleep several times while reading it. This was my first time reading her book and I was pretty much a snooze fest. I will say it was well written but Iam not sure if I would be willing to try a book from her again.
TLJ-VA More than 1 year ago
I've read everything she has written so was eager to try this one as soon as I could get it. Well written, original story as I'd expect. I did think some of the storyline could have been more developed, and I finished wishing there had been more of a wrap up. Overall, this book does not disappoint, though there is less danger and intrigue than the reviews I initially read led me to expect.
osaka More than 1 year ago
Different subject matter, wouldn't recommend it. Interesting subject matter, but the book was extremely slow for the first 6 chapters.  Ms. Patchett was very good at developing her characters, however, I was constantly waiting for something to happen.  The outcome with Easter is sad.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a woman of child bearing age, I read this book and think "what is wrong with this picture: what woman would want to have a child at seventy? What woman would want to keep having periods past sixty?" The most ridiculous plot ever. I am not quite sure why this thought ever came to her and why she then wrote 300 pages on it. The only I finished it was to see if Eckman was alive or dead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading anything from Ann Patchett/ Her new book. State of Wonder is a page turner and so beautifully written. I highly recomend it Looking forward to hearing her speak at Arts Lecture this week.