The New York Times bestsellerState of Wonder has sold 415,000 copies in the US (print and digital)Heart of Darkness meets The Poisonwood Bible by way of Oscar and Lucinda in this shimmering, explosive and highly cinematic tour de force. Received extensive review coverage on hardback publicationMasterful and page-turning, the most exciting novel from this Orange Prize-winning author since Bel CantoBel Canto sold 200,000 copies in the UK, and over 1,000,000 in paperback in the US, and was translated into 30 languagesShortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2011Ann Patchett is the author of five previous novels, including Run and Bel Canto, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, the Financial Times, the Paris Review and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION There were people on the banks of the river. Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist is developing a drug that could alter the lives of women for ever. Dr Annick Swenson's work is shrouded in mystery; she refuses to report on her progress, especially to her investors, whose patience is fast running out. Anders Eckman, a mild-mannered lab researcher, is sent to investigate. A curt letter reporting his untimely death is all that returns. Now Marina Singh, Anders' colleague and once a student of the mighty Dr Swenson, is their last hope. Compelled by the pleas of Anders's wife, Marina leaves the snowy plains of Minnesota and retraces her friend's steps into the heart of the South American darkness, determined to track down Dr. Swenson and uncover the secrets being jealously guarded among the remotest tribes of the rainforest. What Marina does not yet know is that, in this ancient corner of the jungle, where the muddy waters and susurrating grasses hide countless unknown perils and temptations, she will face challenges beyond her wildest imagination. Marina is no longer the student, but only time will tell if she has learnt enough. ________________________________ 'The best book I have read all year. It made me laugh and weep and left me in a state of wonder: perfect from first page to last ... a masterpiece' EMMA DONOGHUE 'A triumph ... Pachett's best book yet' GUARDIANThe most ambitious and mesmeric book yet from the Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 The best book I have read all year. It made me laugh and weep and left me in a state of wonder: perfect from first page to last ... a masterpieceA triumph and Pachett's best book yetWritten with a wry grace and irony that reminded me of The Poisonwood Bible (another favourite). I like Patchett's Bel Canto - but I loved thisAn absorbing novel, intelligent yet magical, that will keep you wondering until the very last pageIt pulls you into the book, has you standing in the jungle in the heat and sweat, as realistic as any computer-generated trickery, genuinely wondering what might happen next ... Just read it and be happy that such a writer as Patchett existsSomething special and worth considering for all the literary prizes, festivals and reading groups going this year ... exhilarating
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Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels and three works of non-fiction. Her most recent novel The Dutch House was a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize. In 2002 she won the Orange Prize for Fiction with Bel Canto, a prize she has also twice been shortlisted for with The Magician's Assistant in 1998 and State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl.