story begins with an Opera Diva, a song, a powerful captain of industry from
Japan, and a birthday party. The night goes horribly wrong when terrorists
burst into the room. Roxanne Coss, the famous Opera Diva, enchants both captive and captor.
Relationships are formed along tenuous lines, time stands still for a brief
magical little while. Patchett has written a brilliant story that
delves into the changing relationship of captors and captives with compassion
and insight. Her writing is absolutely luminous. This is one of my favorite books.
"Blissfully Romantic....A strange, terrific, spellcasting story." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Bel Canto...should be on the list of every literate music lover. The story is riveting, the participants breathe and feel and are alive, and throughout this elegantly-told novel, music pours forth so splendidly that the reader hears it and is overwhelmed by its beauty." --Lloyd Moss, WXQR
"Glorious." --The New Yorker
Ann Pratchett's award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Patchett's other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician's Assistant, the author's lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.