Recommended by The Observer . . .
'One doesn't so much read it, as one is bewitched by it. Epic, gorgeous, haunting' HANYA YANAGIHARA, author of A Little Life
When it begins, it begins as an opera should begin: in a palace, at a ball, in an encounter with a stranger, who you discover has your fate in his hands . . .
She is Lilliet Berne. And she is the soprano.
1882. One warm autumn evening in Paris, Lilliet is finally offered an original role, though it comes at a price. The part is based on her deepest secret.
Only four people could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her still, one wants only to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all.
In taking this role Lilliet is forced to confront her darkest lies but will the truth save Lilliet - or destroy her?
'Brilliantly extravagant' VOGUE
'Terrific' NEW YORKER
One doesn't so much read The Queen of the Night as one is bewitched by it
A wild opera of a novel and the perfect summer read: swift, smart, immersive and gorgeous
A celebration . . . of creativity, ingenuity, endurance, mastery and grace
A more impressive, richly imagined novel I have not read in many years. From its heroine's first entrance, The Queen of the Night grabbed me and kept me rapt as it writhed and contorted its way through love and murder, courtesans and empresses, fates and curses
A masterfully written book. Chee, just, is masterful. I loved this novel
An epic novel, brilliantly extravagant
Lush and sweeping . . . A moving meditation on the transformative power of fate, art, time, and sheer survival
Sprawling, soaring, bawdy and plotted like a fine embroidery
It just sounds terrific. It sounds like opera
A night at an opera you'll wish never-ending