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Bel Canto (The Perennial Collection)


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The poignant -- and at times very funny -- novel from the author of 'The Magician's Assistant', winner of the Orange Prize, repackaged and promoted as part of Perennial's fiction promotion in 2008. / Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner prize in 2002 'Bel Canto' is a fantastic, humorous novel about a terrorist strike and the bizarre and unusual outcomes that follow. / Incredibly talented, Ann Patchett's previous novel 'The Magician's Assistant' was also a runner up for the Orange Prize. / 'Bel Canto' has sold over 185,000 copies in the UK. / Will be given a stunning new jacket treatment as part of Perennial's fiction promotion in 2008. / Competition: Anita Desai, Lucy Grealy

About the Author

Originally from Los Angeles, Ann Patchett has also written `The Magician's Assistant' and `The Patron Saint of Liars'. She lives in Nashville and is the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South.


In this tale by the author of such critically praised works as The Magician's Assistant, a terrorist takeover at an embassy party throws together an American diva and a Japanese CEO who is one of her biggest fans. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

`A beguiling mix of thriller, romantic comedy, and novel of ideas...Crisply written, immaculately plotted, and often very funny, it is that rarity - a literary novel you simply can't put down.' The Times

`Like the blueprint of operatic performance that she has imported, Patchett slides from strutting camp to high tragedy, minute social comedy to sublime romanticism.' Alex Clark, The Guardian

`Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction. Comparisons are tempting to the unabashed romanticism of Laurie Colwin, the eccentric characters of Anne Tyler, the enchantments of Alice Hoffman. But Patchett is unique; a generous, fearless and startlingly wise young writer.'
New York Times Review of Books

`A fantastically gripping novel of romance under unexpected conditions.' Cosmopolitan

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