Alexander Chee - THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Start: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Presented in partnership with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Matthew Salesses will be in conversation with Alexander Chee.

The Queen of the Night Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780618663026
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 2nd, 2016

From a ferociously talented writer, praised as the fire, in my opinion. And the light," by Junot Diaz, comes a blazing portrait of one woman's rise from courtesan to world-renowned diva.

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.