Posts Tagged Ann Patchett
I’ve read about 100 books this year. These 20 made particularly lasting impressions.
1. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaajte [Knopf]
2. Caribou Island by David Vann [Harper]
3. The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanha [Greywolf Press]
4. A Stranger on the Planet by Adam Schwartz [Soho Press]
5. The Astral by Kate Christensen [Doubleday]
6. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett [Harper]
7. The Submission by Amy Waldman [F,S&G]
8. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews [Harper]
9. The Rape of the Muse by Michael Stein [The Permanent Press]
10. The Lies Have It by Jill Edmondson [Iguana]
11. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta [St. Martins]
12. My New American Life by Francine Prose [Harper]
13. Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward [Random House]
14. The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl by Marc Schuster [The Permanent Press]
15. The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen [Riverhead]
16. The Ringer by Jenny Shank [The Permanent Press]
17. Slant by Timothy Wang [Tincture]
18. The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen [Crown]
19. The Social Climber’s Handbook by Molly Jong-Fast [Villard]
20. Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson [Ecco]
From what he’d seen of Denver in the entire half an hour he’d been there, he wouldn’t be staying. It was too clean, too hard to breathe, too white. Sure, the mountains were pretty, but he didn’t require beauty in a city—he needed edge, funkiness, diversity, and at least one superior Chinese restaurant that delivered
–Patchwork by Dan Loughry
It is said that sesta is one of the only gifts the Europeans brought to South America, but I imagine the Brazilians could have figured out how to sleep in the afternoon without having to endure centuries of murder and enslavement.
–State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Sometimes it’s us, nudging people back on plan.
–The Adjustment Bureau
State of Wonder , by Ann Patchett. Publisher: Harper (June 7, 2011). Literary fiction. Hardcover, 368 pages.
Marina hadn’t understood the enormity of the river until she was on it. The sky was spread over in white clouds that banked and thinned depending on the direction she turned in. Some of the clouds had covered over the sun so for the moment it was cooler, and the breeze of their forward momentum kept the insects down. The birds shot out from the banks and cut over the water.
Ann Patchett connects the Amazon and the pharmaceutical industry in a creepy and engrossing manner. Marina Singh works as a researcher for a Midwestern pharmaceutical company. She’s also involved with Mr. Fox, the company CEO. When word arrives from Dr. Annick Swenson that Marina’s colleague died while at her camp, Fox sends Marina to find out what happened to Dr. Eckman as well as the progression of Swenson’s drug research on an indigenous group. The magical, curious, breathtaking and spooky Amazon awaits Marina. State of Wonder captivates with its vivid imagery, intriguing characters and surprising developments.