State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
An engaging novel set in the exotic Amazon rainforest where the miraculous can happen. State of Wonder: A Novel follows Dr. Marina Singh, a big pharma researcher for Vogel, a pharmaceutical company, into the Amazon jungle to find the remains of a colleague who mysteriously died and learn about the progress being made by Dr. Anneck Swenson. First, Dr. Singh has the difficult task of finding Dr. Swenson, also employed by Vogel. Dr. Swenson, a secretive, renown gynecologist and former mentor of Dr. Singh, has spent years studying the reproductive habits of tribal women who can reproduce for life in order to develop a fertility drug that, for Vogel, has the potential for enormous profits.