Choice for July is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett– shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2012.
Ann Patchett is the author of five novels, including Bel Canto (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize), and the bestselling nonfiction book Truth and Beauty. She has written for the Atlantic, Harper’s, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and the Washington Post. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest. Patchett delivers an enthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder — a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.
“Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.” New York Times
[A] superbly rendered novel….Patchett’s portrayal is as wonderful as it is frightening and foreign. Patchett exhibits an extraordinary ability to bring the horrors and the wonders of the Amazon jungle to life, and her singular characters are wonderfully drawn….[P]owerful and captivating.” Library Journal (starred review)
“In fluid and remarkably atmospheric prose, Patchett captures not only the sights and sounds of the chaotic jungle environment but also the struggles and sacrifice of dedicated scientists.” Tatler
Ann Patchett’s new novel is her most mature work to date Guardian
Choice of Dates of meetings in July:
Buchkantine, Dortmünderstr, u9 Turmstrasse on Thursday, July 5th at 18.15. or
The Ingeborg Drewitz library, 3rd floor Schloss Centre, Rathaus Steglitz on Wednesday, July 25th at 18.15 or Friday July 27th at 10.30 am- or
Monday July 30th at 19.30 ( contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
In August, we will talk about The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore— shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2010.