Victims of terrorism
2004: At several points in this book about a hostage-taking, I went looking for someone to read aloud to - the language was that beautiful. This is one of my favorites from Patchett, though Run and State of Wonder are up there too.
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Based on the Lima Crisis, this book is about a group of terrorists who hold high executives and people of high political standing hostage. It explores how the terrorists and hostages cope with living in a house together for several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.
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All of the love and the longing a body can contain was spun into not more than two and a half minutes of song, and when she came to the highest notes it seemed that all they had been given in their lives and all they had lost came together and made a weight that was almost impossible to bear.
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