When a brilliant medical researcher disappears into the Amazon, her protégé, Dr. Marina Singh, is sent to find her–and learn the status of the potential miracle fertility drug she’d been seeking. What Dr. Singh finds is a bizarre world of advanced science juxtaposed with the dark life of the jungle and its traditional inhabitants. Inspired by Heart of Darkness, this is very different from the more recent family dramas Patchett has delivered.
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As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.