By Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett has dazzled readers together with her award-winning books, together with The Magician's Assistant and the hot York occasions bestselling Bel Canto. Now she increases the bar with kingdom of ask yourself, a provocative and impressive novel set deep within the Amazon jungle.
Dr. Marina Singh, a learn scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical corporation, is distributed to Brazil to trace down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who turns out to have all yet disappeared within the Amazon whereas engaged on what's destined to be an exceptionally necessary new drug, the advance of which has already expense the corporate a fortune. not anything approximately Marina's task is straightforward: not just does nobody be aware of the place Dr. Swenson is, however the final one who used to be despatched to discover her, Marina's examine accomplice Anders Eckman, died sooner than he may possibly whole his project. laid low with trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of discovering her former mentor in addition to solutions to a number of troubling questions about her friend's dying, the kingdom of her company's destiny, and her personal past.
Once came across, Dr. Swenson, now in her seventies, is as ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was once again within the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins. With a mix of technological know-how and subterfuge, she dominates her study staff and the natives she is learning with the strength of an imperial ruler. yet whereas she is as threatening as something the jungle has to provide, the best sacrifices to be made are those Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and should finally ask of Marina, who reveals she should still be not able to dwell as much as her teacher's expectations.
In a story replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, kingdom of ask yourself is an international unto itself, the place not likely good looks stands beside incredible loss. it's a story that leads the reader into the very middle of darkness, after which indicates us what lies at the different part.