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The Queen of the Night

The Queen of the Night

Alexander Chee Hardcover, 561 pages; 2016
#UL3972 $28.00 Members' Price: $23.80

In 1882, celebrated soprano Lilliet Berne is the reigning star of the Paris Opera and one of the most famous women in France. But when a young writer approaches her during a lavish ball and begs her to star in an ambitious new opera, Lilliet's famed poise nearly fails her. For the fantastical plot of the proposed opera isn't the result of some artist's fevered imagination: It is Lilliet's own life story, a tale entrusted to only a handful of people over the years. Determined to discover who has betrayed her secrets, Lilliet retreats into her memories...and transports readers back through the incredible adventure of her life. From a windswept farm to a worn circus tent to the dance halls of Paris and the corridors of the royal palace, Lilliet's extraordinary life is by turns heartbreaking and triumphant, the engrossing chronicle of a woman whose devotion to music is matched only by her fierce independence. Lush with captivating prose, the pages of this epic novel will fly by! (KG)

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