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Publisher Description

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

New York Times Bestseller

Ann Patchett’s award winning, bestselling novel that balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language—now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

“Blissfully romantic…. A terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. 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 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.

Fiction & Literature
March 17
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

cherpsalot ,

Bel Canto

I loved the romance. Truly captured the feeling of love. I really wondered about it’s truthfulness. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie.

Perky too ,

Bel Canto

It took me 3 tries to get into this book. Not high on my list of favorite books. I found the story line a bit difficult to believe. I did finish the book. Lots of readers seem to enjoy it. Not me.

The Pilot's Daughter ,


In this, my favorite of all of Ann Patchett's books, the characters come alive from the first moment you meet each one. She has seamlessly brought together a cast that except for these circumstances, would have never crossed paths. I was so engrossed in the manner in which lives intertwined, in my empathy for the plight of each person, that I mourned the end of the story line and what was a somewhat predictable final outcome. Lyrical, beautifully written and totally enchanting. I have gifted this book to no fewer than twenty people...all of whom have thanked me!

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