Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the development of which has already cost the company a fortune. Nothing about Marina's assignment is easy: not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina's research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend's death, the state of her company's future, and her own past.
Once found, Dr. Swenson, now in her seventies, is as ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was back in the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins. With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina, who finds she may still be unable to live up to her teacher's expectations.
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, 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.
Can there be magic in a Little Black Dress? Susan McBride, author of The Cougar Club and the Debutante Dropout mystery series, answers with a resounding, unequivocal, “Yes!” McBride’s mesmerizing tale of two sisters whose intertwined lives are torn apart by a remarkable dress that opens up doors to an inescapable future is an ingenious work of the imagination that recalls the novels of Claire Cook and Jill Kargman. A sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking look into two generations of women, this Little Black Dress is something every fan of quality contemporary women’s fiction will want to own.
What makes a marriage-love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Shobhan Bantwal's compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-American woman navigates the gulf between desire and tradition…
To Soorya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Soorya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkable…
Soorya's first bridal viewings are as awkward as she anticipated. But then she's introduced to Roger Vadepalli. Self-possessed, intelligent, and charming, Roger is clearly interested in marriage and seems eager to clinch the deal. Attracted to him in spite of her mistrust, Soorya is also drawn into a flirtation with Lou, a widowed colleague who is far from her family's idea of an acceptable husband.
In choosing between two very different men, Soorya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background. And she must decide what matters most to her-not just in a husband, but in a family, a culture, and a life…
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Great mailbox! Been hearing great things about State of Wonder. Hope you enjoy Waterfall--it's one of my favorite YAs so far this year!ReplyDelete
I've read State of Wonder and enjoyed it a lot. Your other two books look good!ReplyDelete
Full Moon Bride sounds so interesting.....I think it will go on my TBR list.ReplyDelete
If the Ann Patchett book is even half as good as her Bel Canto, it will be a winner!ReplyDelete
I've been wishing for State of Wonder, and recently zeroed in on Little Black Dress.ReplyDelete
Hope you enjoy your reads! Thanks for visiting my blog.
You can borrow both books when I'm done reading them!
I just read Bel Canto and loved it, so I'm eager to get my hands on State of Wonder. I'll keep an eye out for your review of that one. Enjoy all your new reads!ReplyDelete
I so want to hear about Full Moon Bride. Amazing is it not that in today's time arranged marriages still exist. It does my culture and it's interesting to read about this in books for its cultural significance.ReplyDelete
All three books look interesting. State of Wonder has gotten some glowing reviews. The Full Moon Bride would be very different to read. I don't know much about arranged marriages which makes me very curious.ReplyDelete
These look wonderful! Hope you enjoy them all!ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to reading the new Ann Patchett book as she is one of my favorite authors!ReplyDelete
I can't wait for your review of State of Wonder. I've heard a lot of good things about it.ReplyDelete