by Ann Patchett
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Orange Award Winner and the PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionThe poignant – and at the same time very funny – novel by the author of the State of Wonder and the Commonwealth.Latin terrorist storm an international gathering organized by disadvantaged from a country to promote the interest of foreigners and trade, only to find out that their target, the President, stayed home to watch his favorite soap opera series at TELEVISIONAmong the hostages are world-class opera singer and her biggest fan, a Japanese tycoon who was convinced to attend the game on understanding that she will perform half a dozen arias after dinner.The tycoon is engaging and sympathetic translator plays an essential role in the continuation of relations between different nationalities in the closet together, interpreting not only the “terrorists” negotiations, but also the language of love between lovers who can’t understand what the other person is saying.Ultimately, it is the terrorist strike that no longer has to promote external relations that anyone could have hoped to achieve with the party.
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