Celebrated American opera singer Roxanne Cass has just given a recital in the home of the vice-president of a poor South American nation when terrorists storm in and take all in attendance hostage in what becomes a months-long siege. This tense, beautifully rendered novel draws out the lives of its characters while interweaving the universal themes of music and language.
For other beautifully written novels that have received the Pen/Faulkner award, check these out:
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson