Patchett’s latest novel, published in 2011, centers on Dr. Marina Singh, an MD who works for big pharma company “Vogel” in Minnesota. They have received word that fellow researcher Anders Eckman, having traveled to the middle of the Amazon rainforest, has died there, leaving behind in Minnesota a young family. He was sent by Vogel to check on the multi-year ongoing research of Dr. Annick Swenson and her team of researchers. Swenson is developing a drug to prolong fertility in women, a potential huge money maker for the company. Marina and Dr. Swenson have a long back story and there is another plot twist that took me by surprise. I also enjoyed the vivid portrayal of the Amazon jungle and the people of the rainforest. Patchett is a great, prize winning writer and also the owner of an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh
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