Day 7 of the 12 Days of Victorine: Bel Canto

I told you I’ve done some of your holiday shopping for you. Here’s another item for you or the reader in your life. This is one it was hard not to keep for myself. I found this pristine copy of Bel Canto (hardback, no less) by Ann Patchett at a second-hand shop. (Don’t worry, I have my own copy, although it’s not as nice seeing as how I have marked mine all up.) That shiny cover made it difficult to photograph, so forgive the halo, please. 🙂

Here’s a summary of it from Wikipedia, in case you haven’t read it but are intrigued:

Based on the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima Crisis) of 1996–1997 in Lima, Peru, the novel follows the relationships among a group of young terrorists and their hostages, who are mostly high-profile executives and politicians, over several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.

Opera is a centralizing theme on many levels throughout the story; the operatic term literally means “beautiful singing.”

This book is important to me because my second novel (not out yet; details to come), Briscoe Chambers’ Southern Fried Woolf, employs the pressure cooker method of putting the principals in an impossibly tight, difficult state. In both books, the characters are trapped together in a house, although admittedly, my characters choose to be there.

It’s widely thought to be Patchett’s best novel to date. It’s very, very good, so if you haven’t read it, do, whether you win this copy or not.

To be entered to win, all you need to do is be a subscriber to my newsletter list. (Again, sorry, but while you will get a free short story when you subscribe, if you’re not in the U.S., I can’t mail giveaway items to you.) Sign up today so you will be eligible not only for this giveaway, but future giveaways!

The winners will be chosen on or after Dec. 18, 2020, midnight EST. A list of winners’ first names will be posted here shortly after the contest ends. Winners will also be alerted via email.

Thank you again for visiting, and best of luck to you! Please share this post with others. 

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