Maslin Reviews Patchett

In today’s New York Times, Janet Maslin turns her attention to a book that has appeared on most summer reading lists, Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder (Harper; coming out next week, June 7).

She say that Patchett proved herself able to “coax unrelated elements into magically coherent narratives” in her novels Bel Canto and Run, but that this one is “unexpectedly meandering” and takes a long time to hit its stride. When it does, however, she says it rises to the level of author’s usual work.

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