Misfit. Ann Patchett accomplishes many feats on the pages of her novel, State of Wonder. Her lyrical prose provides delight to readers who appreciate fine writing. The setting of the novel in the Amazon seems at first to be such a broad canvas, but Patchett creates an isolated setting in which the characters play out the ways in which they seem alienated or misfit for the environment in which they are living and working. She presents a study in relationships, especially a mentoring role, that provides a depth of understanding for readers that can lead to an extra level of enjoyment. Sometimes we need to go to an unfamiliar setting to understand our place in the world, to see where we fit into the scheme of things. Readers can go to that setting in this novel and reflect on life and relationships while enjoying a finely written novel.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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