Title Profile & Character Information

Bel Canto

Annotation

“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 Pratchett’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.



Awards
2002  PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
2002  Orange Prize for Fiction
2003  Book Sense Book of the Year

Characters
NameCoss, Roxane
GenderFemale
OccupationOpera singer
TraitAmerican

NameMr. Hosokawa
GenderMale
OccupationBusinessman
TraitsJapanese
Wealthy

GenreFiction
Psychological
Love story
TopicsAmericans in foreign countries
Opera
Terrorists
Hostages
Captivity
Ill-fated love
Transformations
SettingImpoverished country
Embassy building