Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honour 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 (From Harper Perennial)
Ann Patchett has written seven previous novels, including Commonwealth, Bel Canto and The Dutch House. The Nashville-based author's work has been published in over 30 languages.