The queen of the night / Alexander Chee.

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      Summary: 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 empresss maid to debut singer, all the while weaving a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue.
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      CHEE, A. The queen of the night. [s.l.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 maio. 2019.
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      Chee A. The Queen of the Night. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2016. Accessed May 20, 2019.
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Booklist Reviews 2015 December #2

When renowned soprano Lilliet Berne, the toast of Belle Epoque Paris, is offered the role of a lifetime in an original opera, she is shocked to realize that the libretto seems to be based on her own life. After reinventing herself and carefully shrouding the secrets of her early years, she believed she had moved away from the scandal, shame, and intrigue of her youth forever. Reaching back into time, she recalls her Minnesota childhood, her escape to Paris, her adventures as a hippodrome rider, her career as a courtesan, her stint as a spy, and her meteoric rise through the cutthroat ranks of the opera world. In order to unravel the mystery of who has betrayed her, she reviews her entire entangled history, recalling the twists and turns of her own life as well as the sweeping history of an era along the way. Peppering the unfolding plot with real-life events and figures, Chee provides a suitably operatic backdrop for the mesmerizing novel. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2015 September #1

A Whiting Award winner, social media star, and real writer's writer, Chee makes a bright, bold leap into the bright, bold world of Second Empire Paris with a book inspired by opera singer Jenny Lind. With a 35,000-copy first printing.

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LJ Reviews 2016 January #1

Curtain up on Lilliet Berne, "the famous Falcon soprano who never spoke in order to protect her voice." Chee (Edinburgh) regales us here with tales of his fictional soprano (inspired by Jenny Lind), who spends most of her life in Europe in the latter half of the 19th century, often playing opposite the tenor (not named) who seems to control her fate. In a richly imagined work nonetheless grounded in fact, we follow Lilliet from one performance to another as she attempts to outrun a curse that she believes has been cast upon her. Several historical figures make cameo appearances, including Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, Russian writer Ivan Turgenev, and French mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot, and the plot twists feature waiting attendance on French Empress Eugénie and escaping from Paris in a balloon during the Commune. In fact, there are as many unexpected turns in Lilliet's life as one would find in the most dramatic opera. Chee also offers informed commentary on numerous productions (the book's title refers to a character in Mozart's Magic Flute) and on the fashions of the era. VERDICT A completely engrossing work that should appeal to the widest range of readers, especially those with a taste for historical fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 8/3/15.]—Edward B. Cone, New York

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PW Reviews 2015 October #4

Chee's lush and sweeping second novel uses a strikingly different setting from Edinburgh, his accomplished debut, but shares its musical themes and boldness. In 1882 Paris, the soprano known as Lilliet Berne is a celebrated opera star with an unforgettable but vulnerable voice. When a stranger offers her the chance to originate a new opera's leading role, she discovers that the work retells her scandalous hidden history. As she attempts to discover which of four individuals from her past revealed her secrets, she recalls the circus troupe in which she first performed, her days as a servant to France's Empress Eugénie, and her time as a prostitute. Chee memorably depicts the shifting fortunes of France and historical figures including Napoleon III—whose wife, Eugénie, and her rival, the Countess di Castiglione, play pivotal roles in Lilliet's story—and George Sand. But opera as much as history shapes the novel, with nods to The Magic Flute among other works. Though the momentum flags in the book's lengthy central sections, Chee's voice, at once dreamy and dramatic, never falters; Lilliet's cycle of reinventions is a moving meditation on the transformative power of fate, art, time, and sheer survival. Agent: Jin Auh, Wylie Agency. (Feb.)

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