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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.. As a kid, I was a sucker for those Saturday afternoon movies with the scientist (and the lovely girl), snakes, bugs and quicksand. Here Patchett makes it literary, but the thrill is grand. Dead-colleague’s-bones marvelous!

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures—even better than Patchett’s breakthrough Bel Canto (2001)."

Kirkus Reviews

"The state of wonder in Ms. Patchett’s title kicks in as soon as the plane touches down.."

The New York Times

Author bio: When Patchett was six years old, her family moved to Nashville, Tenn., where she grew up and where she made her home. She obtained a B.A. degree (1984) from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., and an M.F.A. (1987) from the University of Iowa. Her first work of fiction was published while she was an undergraduate. Patchett later held appointments at colleges and universities, including the position of Tennessee Williams fellow in creative writing at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1997. More information can be found here: http://www.biography.com/articles/Ann-Patchett-13747216

Book Details: General Fiction; (368 pp. Amazonia: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/State-of-Wonder-Ann-Patchett?isbn=9780062049803&HCHP=TB_State+of+Wonder

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