Ann Patchett packs big psychoanalytic and human themes into pages that don’t seem numerous enough to handle the load in this compelling and dream-like coming of middle-age novel (www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/books/review/book-review-state-of-wonder-by-ann-patchett.html). Her protagonist is a Minnesota born woman whose father returned after her birth and the completion of his graduate program to his native India, leaving her with her Minnesotan mother. The girl grows up to be trained as an OB/GYN, but left her residency at Johns Hopkins after injuring a child she was delivering through C-section and instead of a physician she became a bench scientist. She returned to Minnesota to work at a pharmaceutical company. She is now having an affair with the president of the company, who is a widower many years her senior, and she is lovingly and, at least on the surface, Platonically attached to her lab partner, a happily married father of three boys.
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