Wishlist Wednesday #1: State of Wonder

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book each week from our wishlist. To join you have to :
– Be a follower of Pen To Paper;
– Link back to her;
– Do a blog post telling your readers about the book (from your wishlist) and why it’s on your wishlist;
– Add your post to the linky on the host’s site.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Goodreads synopsis:

Sometimes being on the vanguard of scientific progress thrusts you into the teeth of danger. For Minnesota pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh, that means being sent into the remotest region of the Amazon jungle to track down her former mentor. Finding Dr. Annick Swenson promises to be perilous: The last scientist assigned to find her has disappeared too. What follows is the most ambitious novel yet by Bel Canto author Ann Patchett as its adventure story opens into a penetrating study of personalities, loyalties, and ethics. Editor’s recommendation.

I’ve read almost all of Patchett’s books to date, with the exception of this latest one.  I’ve heard really good things about it, so I’m looking forward to being able to read it (hopefully) soon.  One of my favorite things about Patchett’s writing it that she takes on subjects and events that can seem unreal and weaves a story around them that is made real by the beauty and humanity of her characters.  If you’ve never read any Patchett before, I would recommend starting with The Magician’s Nephew.

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