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Alexander Chee
ALEXANDER CHEE won a Whiting Award for his first novel, Edinburgh, and is a recipient of the NEA Fellowship in Fiction and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, and Civitella Ranieri. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, and NPR, among... show more



ALEXANDER CHEE won a Whiting Award for his first novel, Edinburgh, and is a recipient of the NEA Fellowship in Fiction and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, and Civitella Ranieri. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, and NPR, among others, and he is a Contributing Editor at The New Republic. He lives in New York City.

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purpledog
purpledog rated it 2 years ago
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee is one of those books that I should have fell in love with from the opening pages. From the synopsis it sounded to me like most everything I love about historical fiction. Sadly, I was disappointed. Lilliet Berne is a famous Paris opera singer with a checked ...
Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads
Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads rated it 3 years ago
This book was taking me too long to read because the writing was too complex. There are no quotation marks so it's hard to tell what is spoken. And I spent so much time trying to decipher the writing that I didn't retain a word. I spent 3 hours reading this and only made 50 pages.
Tellulah Darling
Tellulah Darling rated it 4 years ago
With a story about an opera singer, whose secret past has suddenly shown up as the subject of a new opera, it's no surprise that The Queen of the Night is, well, operatic in scope and feel. A massive story, epic in scale, traversing continents, surviving sieges, and mired in political intrigue and...
Interrupting Soliloquy
Interrupting Soliloquy rated it 4 years ago
Queen of the Night barreled into a certain niche I was only sort of mildly aware I had in the first place pretty hard. I'm a relatively recent convert to opera, and absolutely no expert. I enjoy opera, and it's refined, elegant, crazy melodrama. How something that we push up as elegant and elite and...
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it 4 years ago
"The Queen of the Night" was inspired by (but not based on) the story of Jenny Lind. In this book, Lilliet is an American soprano who goes abroad and, after several tribulations, finds great acclaim as an operatic soprano. Author Alexander Chee most certainly did his research; the author's note at...
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