One of her six favorite books that conjure exotic locales, as shared at The Week magazine:
Bel Canto by Ann PatchettRead about the other entries on the list.
I love novels like this that create their own microcosm of the world. In an unnamed South American country, guests at a fancy birthday party are kidnapped by terrorists. The outcome is unexpected and magical. I reread this novel whenever I want to remind myself about the possibilities of literature.
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