I have read Ann Patchett's other five books (only five? darn, only five, five novels; she has written two nonfiction books and I've read Truth and Beauty but not ) and I'd say this one is her best. This is the story of a research doctor who travels to Brazil to find a former teacher / fellow researcher and figure out how her coworker who traveled there before her died. It's one of those uncomfortable books that make you so glad you're safe at home in your (relatively clean, cat hairy) bed. But the excitement the characters are living seem real. You want to be there with them. Sort of.
Her writing is perfect. Her characters real. The ending... oh man. I didn't see that coming.
If you've never read any of Patchett's books, do it. This article about Ann Patchett is a look at her other books and writing. Have you read any of Ann Patchett's books? What's your favorite?
Book Read: State of Wonder
Author: Ann Patchett