Peru with Bel Canto

peru“It was never the right time, or it was always the right time, depending on how you looked at it.”–Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

  • Here’s what happens:
    • A hostage situation arises at a dinner party in a South American country–widely believed to be Peru, since it was based on a crisis that took place in Lima–which brings many of the characters’ fears, desires, and secrets to the surface.
  • It’s good because:
    • It’s an exciting, emotional, and well-written story about human nature in unusual circumstances. I’d been looking forward to reading this book for a while, and I’m delighted Patchett’s wonderful writing did not disappoint.
  • Read if:
    • You like a story about characters under crisis. Being taken into custody by terrorists reveals many beautiful and relatable details about these people, rendering it a thought-provoking story brimming with heart and irony.

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