Tip and Teddy are becoming men under the very eyes of their adoptive father, Bernard Doyle. A student at Harvard, Tip is happiest in a lab, whilst Teddy thinks he has found his calling in the Church, and both are increasingly strained by their father's protective plans for them. But when they are involved in an accident on an icy road, the Doyles are forced to confront certain truths about their lives, how the death of Doyle's wife Bernadette has affected the family, and an anonymous figure who is always watching.
Bel Canto won the Orange Prize and has sold 250,000 paperbacks including export (of which 123,000 copies sold through Nielsen BookScan) and over one million paperbacks in the US. Our GBP60,000 national outdoor and press campaign will target the female mass market through shopping mall 6 sheets and women's newspaper supplements. Our specially-written reader's guide will be sent to national libraries to encourage book groups to read and recommend this novel.
'Enthralling ... It's a skilled piece of writing, a jigsaw narrative that leaps from one character to another with apparent seamlessness' Observer 'A spectacular read ... Full of suspense, exciting and unpredictable, this is a novel that keeps you guessing until the end' Sunday Express 'Her books are so warm, so overflowing with love and affection, that when you've finished reading one your first inclination is to embrace it' Guardian 'Patchett's mastery means there are no slips on the ice for her readers ... It is a long time since I have read such a delicately nuanced novel, where the overall pleasure lies simply in reading an award-winning writer at the top of her game' Sunday Telegraph
Ann Patchett is the author of five previous novels, including Bel Canto, which won the Orange Prize. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, the Paris Review and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.