The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this novel! It has been over a dozen years in the making, and it was worth the wait! The Queen of the Night is a dazzling historical drama, full of lush, sensual imagery and exquisite details. Lilliet Berne is the toast of the Paris Opera, but when she is offered a new libretto, one that tells secrets from her life known only to a few people, she must visit the ghosts of her past to uncover just who it was who shared her story. Chee deftly weaves Lilliet’s story back and forth through time, from when she was an orphan in America to her present struggle to uncover who revealed her secret past. An epic novel that will keep you riveted – and guessing – until the last page.
Backlist bump: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Only similar in that they are both beautiful stories revolving around opera. And sooooooo good.)
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