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Ann Patchett's 'State of Wonder' Has a Fertile Imagination
Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder" is a profound and complex book about a pharmaceutical company poised to exploit a tribe in the Amazon. The women of the Lakashi tribe can bear babies throughout their lives. By scraping the bark from a grove of isolated trees with their teeth they are fertile unto death. If a viable fertility drug can be synthesized and marketed, billions are to be made.