State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Genre: Literary Fiction
Review: Not since Bel Canto have I read a book so breathless, completely absorbing, astonishing. Patchett combines a literary writing style with the suspense of a thriller and the characterization of a book much longer. Now we know the meaning of the phrase "tour de force." Follow Marina Singh, pharmacologist, to Brazil as she seeks the truth about the death of her friend with her teacher, Dr. Swenson. In the Amazon, she finds much more than she expected, as researchers search for a fertility secret and malaria cure. How will this place change her? Will she ever be able to return home?
Author Page: http://www.annpatchett.com/
In addition to winning tons of book awards, she owns an indie bookstore in Nashville called Parnassus Books! http://www.parnassusbooks.net/
Song to Read by: "To Be with You" by The Honey Trees