Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

This is one of my favourite books of all time.  I’m almost reluctant to explain the plot, because telling you it’s a hostage situation in an un-named Latin American country might distract you from the beauty of this book.  As the subsequent siege unfolds, the relationships between the hostages and their captors develop in a breathtaking narrative. Every time i see this book on my shelf i have to touch it, like an old friend. I cannot recommend it highly enough.