Ann Patchett has written a book you can't put down. State of Wonder (Harper Collins) is a version of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, set in South America in the heart of the jungle. The quester and the mad doctor are both women, and the real subjects are loss and reproductive choice.
Read an excerpt from State of Wonder.
Note: Ann Patchett joins Live Talks Los Angeles to discuss State of Wonder on Monday, June 13. For more information or to purchase tickets go to LiveTalksLA.org.