State of Wonder:
Eleven members of the Book Group met at the home of Sheris Fine. The group had a lively discussion about our October book choice, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. State of Wonder is a 2011 novel by American author Ann Patchett. It is the story of pharmacologist Marina Singh, who journeys to Brazil to bring back information about seemingly miraculous drug research being conducted there by her former teacher, Dr. Annick Swenson. A quote from www.litlovers.com about the novel, “State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness and then shows us what lies on the other side.” The book raises questions of morality and principle, civilization, culture, love, and science and has a surprising ending that leaves the reader wondering how the Brazil jungle experience will affect the future of the main character, Marina Singh, when she returns home.
After the group discussion, we indulged in some delicious goodies and coffee and enjoyed our continued conversation.