Bel Canto by Ann Patchett is a 318-page softcover published in 2002 by Perennial, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. The cover has light surface wear and a round dampstain that extends to the first couple pages inside. The inside pages are clean and unmarked, with one dogeared page but otherwise, the binding is tight. The condition is good.
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. 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. 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.
ISBN: 0-06-093441-7 (pbk.)