Author: Alexander Chee
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (February 2, 2016)
Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer’s 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.Featuring a cast of characters drawn from history, The Queen of the Night follows Lilliet as she moves ever closer to the truth behind the mysterious opera and the role that could secure her reputation — or destroy her with the secrets it reveals.
A few weeks ago while browsing new releases on Goodreads, I stumbled across The Queen of the Night. The cover immediately stood out to me, so I had to know more. After I read the synopsis, I was sold. I ordered it via Amazon and eagerly awaited its arrival.
Is there anything better than opening up a book order? The smell of a brand new book? The crisp pages? Its like bookish crack 🙂 Once I opened this baby up, I realized how big this book actually was… This chunkster is a whopping 576 pages of hardback massiveness. To be honest, it was a little intimidating at first…