Summer Reading: General Fiction! (Updated with latest discussion link!)
Welcome to CafeMomâ€™s Summer Reading Retreat! For our general fiction, we've chosen Ann Patchettâ€™s brand new book STATE OF WONDER, which we're so excited to read!
Hereâ€™s a little bit about the book:
Years ago, Marina Singh traded the hard decisions and intensity of medical practice for the quieter world of research at a pharmaceutical company, a choice that has haunted her life. Enveloping herself in safety, limiting emotional risk, she shares a quiet intimacy with her widowed older boss, Mr. Fox, and a warm friendship with her colleague Anders Eckman. But Marina's security is shaken when she learns that Anders, sent to the Amazon to check on a field team, is dead-and Mr. Fox wants her to go into the jungle to discover what happened.
Plagued by trepidation, yet propelled by her sense of duty, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the unknown, down into the Amazonian delta, deep into the dense, insect-infested jungle to find answers from the company's research team. Led by the formidable Dr. Annick Swenson, the scientists are looking into the development of a new drug that could have a profound impact on Western society. But the team has been silent for two years and the daunting Dr. Swenson does not like interlopers inserting themselves in her work, as Marina well knows. The eminent and fiercely uncompromising doctor was once her mentor, the woman she admired, emulated, and feared. To fulfill her mission, Marina must confront the ghosts of her past, as well as unfulfilled dreams and expectations-a journey that will force her to make painful moral choices and take her deep into her own heart of darkness.
A rich narrative dense with atmosphere and full of deeply realized characters, packed with amazing twists and surprises-encounters with an anaconda, cannibals, death, and birth-State of Wonder is Ann Patchett's most enthralling and confident novel, a tale that will leave readers in their own state of wonder, examining their own values and beliefs.
(Taken from Ann Patchettâ€™s website)
A bit about the author:
Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California in 1963 and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her other works include Bel Canto, Truth & Beauty, and The Patron Saint of Liars, her first novel, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of 1992 and subsequently made into a major motion picture. (Adapted from BN.com and Amazon.com)
You can purchase the book here:
And hereâ€™s the reading schedule:
This week: chapters 1-3
Week 2 (6/20 â€“ 6/26): chapters 4-6
Week 3 (6/27 - 7/3): chapters 7-9
Week 4 (7/5 â€“ 7/10): chapters 10-11
Weâ€™ll start discussing last weekâ€™s reading on the following Monday (so weâ€™ll be discussing chapters 1-3 a week from today, Monday 6/20. The 4th of July holiday falls on a Monday, so that weekâ€™s discussion will begin on Tuesday 6/5). We know it can be hard to not read ahead, but if you do, please try to avoid spoilers until the discussion begins in fairness to those who havenâ€™t finished that weekâ€™s reading yet.
Check out early reviews for State of Wonder here.