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The queen of the night

Author: Alexander Chee
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singers' chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all. As she mines her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Chee
ISBN: 9780618663026 0618663029 9780718185329 0718185323
OCLC Number: 884439577
Description: 561 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Alexander Chee.
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Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singers' chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all. As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris. In order to survive, she transformed herself from hippodrome rider to courtesan, from empress's maid to debut singer, all the while weaving a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue.

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Richly researched and ornately plotted * Kirkus, STARRED review * Readers [will be] absorbed until the final aria, waiting to see whom fate will curse and whom it will avenge * Time * A spellbinding Read more...

 
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