State of Wonder by Ann PatchettAs Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be 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.
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One of the books we've been waiting for-- Ninth House --releases on October 8th. Here's a sample of what's in store Five binge-worthy science fiction and fantasy series, from military SF to genre-defying epics. With a moving, wilderness-tinged autobiography and a stunning retrospective of an iconic music magazine, it's been a busy year for Dean Kuipers. Lefteri describes how volunteering at a UNICEF-supported refugee center in central Athens informed the writing of this profoundly moving novel.
Ann Patchett fans might remember that she didn't know the first thing about opera when she began Bel Canto, her breakthrough novel of with a star-crossed soprano at its centre. So she left her Nashville home for the historic teatri of Italy and a period of immersive research the bel canto technique is derived from a 19th century Italian vocal style. A young composer was even inspired to write an opera of the same name and subject. It follows that when Patchett decided to write her latest novel about a woman who journeys into deepest, darkest Amazonia, the author found herself onto a boat juddering along the alligator-infested waters of the river. Her sixth novel crosses pharmacology and undiscovered tribes with a twisting adventure narrative. The story takes lab researcher Marina Singh from her hometown in Minnesota along the Rio Negro and into the dangerous, dark heart of the Brazilian rainforest. There she comes face-to-face with her formidable former teacher and brilliant scientist, Dr Annick Swenson, while searching for a perished colleague who took the same route into the jungle.
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