State of Wonder by Ann PatchettAs Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.
Finding the Amazon in Tennessee: PW Talks with Ann Patchett
In State of Wonder , Ann Patchett charts the changes in a doctor's life when she is sent to investigate the death of a research colleague among a remote Amazon tribe whose women unexplainably remain fertile well into old age. Also, they may have the cure for malaria. I was really interested in malaria—Africa would have been better for malaria, or Indonesia—but then I thought, oh, not another continent! The Amazon is really excellent for the imagination. Did you travel there to do research for the book?
Marina Singh, a medical researcher at a pharmaceutical company in Minnesota, is sent deep into the Amazon basin to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Anders Eckman, her lab partner. Anders had originally been dispatched to Brazil to bring back news of Dr.
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