This month the Main Street Book Club is reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, a beautiful book about a group of people taken hostage by terrorists in an unnamed country in South America. They had assembled to celebrate the birthday of a CEO whose company the host country was trying to persuade to build a factory there. The CEO came to hear his favorite opera singer, the incredibly famous Roxanne Coss, perform at his party. The terrorists eventually let all the women go, all the women, that is, except for Roxanne. What follows is a magical story about loss, love, and longing. The hostages, who come from different countries and speak many different languages, find themselves bonding with each other and their captors in ways they would not have previously imagined. The beauty of the music that Roxanne performs brings them together, and time seems to stand still as they discover new talents and new love.
You won’t want to miss this discussion! If you’ve just discovered the library’s book club and haven’t had time to read the book, come anyway! You’ll want to learn more about the book the San Francisco Chronicle called “The most romantic novel in years. A strange, terrific, spell-casting story.” And what about this from the Washington Post, “Bel Canto is its own universe. A marvel of a book.” We’re meeting Tuesday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.