I just finished reading the book Bel Canto (P.S.) by Ann Patchett. This compelling story takes place in South America, but really it could have been any country in the world. The book opens with a birthday party for a Japanese businessman being wooed to bring his business to this economically needy country. As a surprise for this opera-loving man, a famous soprano is flown in to perform. The party is given by the vice president of the country, and it is in this setting that a hostage situation arises. Over the course of the book, the hostages and terrorists alike begin to develop relationships, and it is those relationships that compel the reader to keep reading and reading (or at least keep the book nearby!).
This is my book club selection for the month. Our discussion is next Monday night, and I'm sure it will be a good one. If you do decide to read this book, be sure to read the interview with the author at the end. It offers a lot more insight into the story and the characters.