Bel Canto (Paperback)Ann Patchett (author)
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Winner of the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
The poignant - and at times very funny - novel from the author of State of Wonder and Commonwealth.
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honour of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerised the international guests with her singing.
It is a perfect evening - until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
Edition: Film tie-in edition
`A beguiling mix of thriller, romantic comedy, and novel of ideas...Crisply written, immaculately plotted, and often very funny, it is that rarity - a literary novel you simply can't put down.' The Times
`Blissfully romantic ... A terrific, spellcasting story.' San Francisco Chronicle
`Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction.' New York Times Review of Books
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