Come join us at for a discussion of Ann Patchett's award-winning novel Bel Canto at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the library. Goodies will be served and you may make a new friend - or two!
From the book jacket: "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. Roxane 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. 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."
Patchett was awarded both the Orange Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for Bel Canto. It was placed on several top book lists, including Amazon's Best Books of the Year (2001). In 2018 it was made into a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.
Copies of the book are available at the library.