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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
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Aug 01, 12

Read in August, 2012

When I read Ann Patchett's Bel Canto a number of years ago, I knew I'd found an author I would want to read more of. And it's always a happy day when an author you love comes out with a new book. I wish I had read State of Wonder when I wasn't toiling around at the writing desk trying to wring my own novel out of my head. I went to bed each night - the only time I have to read for pleasure - mentally drained. Two pages a night is NOT the way to read a book by someone whose work you admire. This book probably deserves five stars. I didn't love it as much as Bel Canto, but it is an amazing book nonetheless. Ann takes us to the jungles of Amazon with this one and I literally felt like I had the mosquito bites to prove I had been there when I turned the last page. No one does setting like Ann Patchett. I was hoping for a bit more character redemption for the heroine, Marina, who I'd come to admire by the book's end. I think I need to read this one again sometime. Maybe she's as happy as I want her to be at the end and I just missed the subtle proof of it. If going to the Amazon is on your bucket list but you're too afraid to actually go (me, raising my hand), read State of Wonder. You won't forget the trip.
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Ariel I also read this one while in the midst of writing. Ann isn't an author you can read while distracted. She's brilliant. I'll read anything she writes.


Susan Meissner So true, Ariel. I love her style!


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