State of Wonder

Reading Ann Patchett is like talking a master class in writing.

Within the first four pages of State of Wonder, a book the New York Times aptly described as an “immensely touching novel” and “an engaging, consumately told tale,” Patchett has introduced every main character with spare, well chosen details that make them immediately knowable. She has pulled me into a story I was initially lukewarm about, and made me loathe to set the book aside, although I was borrowing time from other pressing morning business. She has made me care already, and care a lot, about what happens next.

In the past few weeks, I’ve enjoyed all my reading. But I can tell this one is going to be something altogether different and special.

A master class.

Now tell me, what authors do you read whose work is like a master class?