Favorite Books of the 2010s: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

This is a series of reviews of my favorite books published between 2010 and 2019.


State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (2011)

After learning that her colleague has died of a “fever” in the Amazon jungle, Dr. Marina Singh follows in his footsteps to learn more about the cause of his death and locate the reclusive Dr. Annick Swenson, who is developing a miracle fertility drug.

This book was beautifully written and totally immersive. For the too-brief time I was reading it, I felt transported to the Amazon jungle along with Marina. I don’t want to say much about the plot, because part of the joy of reading this is the process of discovering the story and becoming more and more caught up in it. Patchett has wonderfully captured the unsettling sensation of becoming submerged in an entirely alien world. Her writing is so vivid that it is almost cinematic, and I think this would make a wonderful movie.

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