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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
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it was amazing
bookshelves: gorgeous-prose, modern-fiction, favorites, audiobooks
Read 2 times. Last read June 2, 2018.

It's been seven years since I first read State of Wonder, and the novel is even more luminous than I remembered. Ann Patchett is one of my veryveryvery favorite writers, and rereading her books is such a joy.

The story follows Dr. Marina Singh, who is tasked with going to the Amazon to learn what happened to a colleague who died while working on a new drug. Singh's journey is both perilous and emotional, and this reader was captivated all over again by her adventure.

If you like beautiful writing, descriptive storytelling and characters who are so real you feel like you would recognize them on the street, you should get yourself an Ann Patchett book. Highly recommended for anyone who loves literary fiction.

Opening Passage
"The news of Anders Eckman's death came by way of Aerogram, a piece of bright blue airmail paper that served as both the stationery and, when folded over and sealed along the edges, the envelope. Who even knew they still made such things? This single sheet had traveled from Brazil to Minnesota to mark the passing of a man, a breath of tissue so insubstantial that only the stamp seemed to anchor it to this world."
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Reading Progress

June 21, 2011 – Started Reading
June 21, 2011 – Shelved
November 10, 2011 – Finished Reading
Started Reading
June 2, 2018 – Finished Reading

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