Date: August 2004
Duration: 11 hours 20 minutes
Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.
"Blissfully Romantic....A strange, terrific, spellcasting story." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Bel Canto...should be on the list of every literate music lover. The story is riveting, the participants breathe and feel and are alive, and throughout this elegantly-told novel, music pours forth so splendidly that the reader hears it and is overwhelmed by its beauty." -Lloyd Moss, WXQR
"Glorious." -The New Yorker
Ann Patchett's award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Patchett's other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician's Assistant, the author's lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.
Joan Lindell Olsen