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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

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  • At our last Meetup, Sandy recommended we read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett next. It is based on a true story and has since been made into an Opera. I have never read anything by Ann Patchett, and thought this was a great recommendation. The book description from Amazon is below. Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening-until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots. Without the demands of the world to shape their days, life on the inside becomes more beautiful than anything they had known before. At once riveting and impassioned, the narrative becomes a moving exploration of how people communicate when music is the only common language. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped. Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto engenders in the reader the very passion for art and the language of music that its characters discover. As a reader, you find yourself fervently wanting this captivity to continue forever, even though you know that real life waits on the other side of the garden wall. A virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers, Bel Canto is a novel to be cherished.

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  • hmilligan

    Can't make it this day! Crazy holiday schedule. Have a fun time though!

    14h ago

  • Carolyn

    Will need to change my RSVP unless we can change it to Sunday

    November 28

  • Erin S.

    Hello! Is there a normal area where this group meets?

    November 26

    • ruth

      Erin, we generally meet at different restaurants around the city. If you have a recommendation, let me know!

      November 28

  • Jennifer

    Y'all are going to love this book! I read it for a book club out here. Miss you ladies

    2 · October 23

    • ruth

      Jennifer! We miss you too. Funny you read this book for your new book club.

      1 · November 1

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