#BestsellerCode100: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Let’s  start the discussion of State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, the 99th novel listed as the best of the bestsellers in The Bestseller Code (review) by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers. (Don’t worry, you can still talk about our previous book, Shutter Island. The comments are gathered here.)

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State of Wonder: A Novel* by Ann Patchett

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When the news arrives that her fellow researcher Anders Eckman has died in the Amazon jungle, Dr. Marina Singh is asked to take over his assignment. She must find a scientist who went to Brazil to work on the development of a potentially important new drug, Dr. Annick Swenson. Will she find her or meet the same fate as her predecessor?

Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
ISBN-10: 006204981X
ISBN-13: 978-0062049810



What did you think of State of Wonder? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Related posts:

  1. Book-beginnings, a discussion of the first line of the novel
  2. Karen’s review from a reader’s perspective
  3. Roberta’s review from a writer’s perspective
  4.  If this novel was a type of food…

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The next book is number 98 on the list, Primary Colors by Joe Klein (1996) – Discussion begins December 5, 2016. Note:  this book was originally published anonymously.


  1. Karen

    I finished the book several days ago, but last night picked it back up again to reread the last 2/3, starting at the Opera. There’s just too many things that I’m still wondering about after finishing the book. Maybe that’s why the word “wonder” is in the title!

    • Roberta

      The last one we pondered about, and this one we wonder about.

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