“Truth and Beauty” and “Bel Canto”

I understood, but was aghast by Ann Patchett’s “Truth and Beauty, A Friendship,” an intimate account of her decades long friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, an immensely talented but deeply flawed woman. I thought I’d seen some dysfunctional relationships in my life but none can compare to Patchett’s and Grealy’s, or at least by Patchett’s shattering account.

BEL CANTO– “Lyrical and profound”

Much easier going down was Patchett’s novel “Bel Canto,” centering on a diverse group of hostages being held at a South American mansion by jungle terrorists, and the unlikely relationships that evolve between captives and captors. One of the main characters is famed (fictional) soprano Roxanne Coss, so opera lovers will enjoy this book. “A lyrical and profound book,” one critic said, and I agree.


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