State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
It’s probably no coincidence that I stumbled upon this book at the library immediately upon finishing Euphoria, another book about someone in the science/social science field uncovering mystery while navigating complex social relationships in the jungle (are there many books like this, because I really really like them?!). It’s the kind of book I find myself feeling protective over, annoyed when someone interrupts me to ask what it’s about… (or maybe I just feel that way because I sense my reading freedom is about to come to an abrupt halt after this week, which marks the beginning of the boys’ summer vacation) but I do feel that when someone asks me, I have to openly praise it (so far). We know how that goes — endings can be a let-down, so I’ll have to finish the book before I can give it my full approval. But I am enjoying it immensely right now.
State of Wonder is an exciting adventure and a touching emotional journey all wrapped into one. I am reading it quickly because I love it so, but I also don’t want it to end. Ah, the dilemma of a good book.