State of Wonder

State of Wonder Summary

“A nail-biting narrative, setting stark human dilemmas against a lush, exotic backdrop.”— People

“Extraordinary. . . . Nothing is as it seems, and the ending is as shocking as it’s satisfying.” — Boston Globe

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett, a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest

In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she's 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.

Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy. Patchett delivers a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

Book Reviews


State of Wonder5 star

Beautiful. Eloquent. Intriguing. A story that lives in you forever.55


Addictive read5 star

Consistently strong Ann Patchett story telling. I bought this book after reading the brilliant Dutch House and this one was just as satisfying though the characters and setting couldn’t have been more different.55


State of wonder5 star

Hands down this book is in my top ! The writing, oh the story telling this is the best. As you can see I’m not writer ! But I love to read , this was good you try to slow down ,your reading so you can make it last.55

Lady Sparhawk

Magnificent!5 star

This is a magnificent novel, flawlessly written, a suspenseful smart story. I would give it a 10 even if five stars means excellent.55

Sparky's friend

State of Wonder4 star

A bit surreal. Beyond the real and beyond the surface. A protagonist traveling down a rabbit hole to a wonderland. Somehow a melancholy happy ending.45


Great Read5 star

State of wonder is an amazing read and I highly recommend this work of modern prose.55

laura black

State of Wonder5 star

One of the best and original I have ever read, and this is over 30 years of reading novels.55


Dreadful1 star

Could not even finish.15


Left me wanting more4 star

Great book. Great characters. Lots of emotions throughout and not to wordy or to much information. Not sure how I feel about the ending, but not sure what else there was to say. I just wanted more I guess.45


Wonder5 star

This story was engrossing & super enjoyable. The end left me wanting more.55

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