State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Apr 15, 2012

This modern day fiction novel primarily takes place in the heart of the Amazon jungle.  After her colleague turns up dead, a second pharmaceutical company scientist is sent to Brazil to check on the progress of a fertility drug and to get more details on the death of her friend. The story focuses on relationships - relationships between employer and employee, between students and teachers, between lovers and friends.  State of Wonder is a well-written story that kept my attention, taught me a few things about South American tribes and jungles, and made some interesting commentaries about drug companies.  A frustrating ending left many loose ends, too many to feel a sense of closure.  Overall, a good read which I would recommend.


Reviewed by Jennifer W.M.
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