State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Sunday, 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.