Winner of The Women’s Prize for Fiction 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.

 

Roxane 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.

Ann Patchett - Bel Canto

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