Bel Canto won the Orange Prize and has sold 250,000 paperbacks including export (of which 123,000 copies sold through Nielsen BookScan) and over one million paperbacks in the US. Our GBP60,000 national outdoor and press campaign will target the female mass market through shopping mall 6 sheets and women's newspaper supplements. Our specially-written reader's guide will be sent to national libraries to encourage book groups to read and recommend this novel.
Ann Patchett is the author of five previous novels, including Bel Canto, which won the Orange Prize. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, the Paris Review and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Andrew O'Hagan's novel Be Near Me has just been published by Harcourt. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'Enthralling ... It's a skilled piece of writing, a jigsaw narrative that leaps from one character to another with apparent seamlessness' Observer 'A spectacular read ... Full of suspense, exciting and unpredictable, this is a novel that keeps you guessing until the end' Sunday Express 'Her books are so warm, so overflowing with love and affection, that when you've finished reading one your first inclination is to embrace it' Guardian 'Patchett's mastery means there are no slips on the ice for her readers ... It is a long time since I have read such a delicately nuanced novel, where the overall pleasure lies simply in reading an award-winning writer at the top of her game' Sunday Telegraph
Two families come together in a traffic accident during a snowstorm. Nothing terribly unusual there, except that a woman has purposely thrown herself under a car to protect a stranger. It quickly becomes clear that the families-a poor, single black mother with her 11-year-old daughter and a white, Irish Catholic, former Boston mayor with a biological son and two adopted black college-aged sons whose much-loved wife died over 20 years ago-have a connection. The award-winning Patchett (Bel Canto) here presents an engrossing and enjoyable novel. While there are a few unexpected turns, the reader very quickly figures out where the plot is headed, but that does not detract from the pleasure of reading. The somewhat unusual premise is presented very matter-of-factly; this is not a story about race but about family and the depths of parents' love of their children, whether biological, adopted, given away, or otherwise acquired, and of each other. Recommended for most collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/07.]-Sarah Conrad Weisman, Corning Community Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.