Brown University


The Queen of the Night

by Alexander Chee
Mariner Books, November 2016   ISBN: 978-054492547-2
Price: $15.95

"The Queen of the Night joins Tipping the Velvet and The Crimson Petal and the White as the rare historical novel in which the setting may be old, but the writing makes everything feel brand new.  Alexander Chee has written a subversive, sexy epic about a young American girl who struggles more than her fans will ever understand on her way to eventually become a highly celebrated soprano at the Paris Opera House.  Lillet Berne's dramatic rise to success is all the more exciting because of all the wonderful details Chee includes about her life in the late 19th century.  The descriptions of her dresses alone are worth the price of this book, and Chee's knowledge about opera is such that you can almost hear the music when reading his words.  But for all the research and historical detail, in the end, it's a love story, as so many of the most excellent books are."--Esquire

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