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Laura P. said:
Outstanding story of obstetrician turned pharmacologist Marina Singh. Marina left obstetrics after an accident during a C-section, convinced her larger-than-life teacher, Dr. Swenson, does not remember her. Now working for a pharmaceutical company, Marina must travel to Brazil to find out what happened to a colleague who died searching for this same doctor who is now a scientist developing a drug in the Amazon. She travels to Brazil to find Dr. Swenson, ascertain her progress and find out what happened to Anders. What follows is part Apocalypse Now, part Medicine Man, part Mosquito Coast and completely amazing.
posted Jul 17, 2011 at 9:01PM
Kim B said:
This may be the best novel I have ever read. I finished it with tears in my eyes and in awe of Ann Patchett’s talent. The writing is gorgeous. The novel begins and ends in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with most of the story set in the jungles of the Amazon. It’s thrilling, moving, original, and not to be missed!
posted Sep 20, 2011 at 2:44PM
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Gave up a career as a doctor after botching an emergency delivery as an intern; having an affair with her married boss; sent to Amazon to investigate the death of her colleague; sheds clothes, technology, old loves, and modern medicine as she finds herself.
Pharmaceutical company employee
Marina's former mentor; on the cusp of developing a fertility drug.