Tenor of Love: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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A NOVEL OF PASSION AND BETRAYAL, ART AND AMBITION BASED ON THE LIFE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST OPERA SINGERS OF ALL TIME
One summer day in 1897, a young singer, Enrico Caruso, arrives at the home of the Giachetti family. He has come to Livorno to sing on the summer stage with Ada Giachetti, a famous and beautiful soprano. Ada's mother offers him a spare room, and before Ada herself has a chance to meet the unknown tenor, her younger sister, Rina, arrives home from the market and falls fatefully in love.
With the help of singing lessons from Ada, Caruso wins the leading role in Puccini's new opera La Bohème. Although Caruso loves Rina, it is Ada he adores, and they soon become lovers. Heartbroken, Rina becomes an opera singer too, hoping to take her sister's place. For decades, the two sisters are locked in a struggle to be the star on Caruso's stage and in his bed, while Caruso's voice grows more and more unimaginably beautiful.
But as his relations with the two sisters break down in scandal and tragedy, the now world-famous Caruso builds a new life for himself as the star of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. There, far from the drama and passion of Caruso's Tuscan life, a shy young American woman will win his heart and, taking the greatest leap of faith of all, supplant Ada and Rina as his one true love.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
36
Section 4
39
Section 5
88
Section 6
92
Section 7
99
Section 8
135
Section 12
241
Section 13
256
Section 14
295
Section 15
312
Section 16
315
Section 17
321
Section 18
327
Section 19
330

Section 9
158
Section 10
167
Section 11
187
Section 20
331
Section 21
332
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Mary Di Michele was born in Italy and raised in Canada. She is the author of a previous novel, Under My Skin, a Harper's Magazine Notable Book, and eight books of poetry. She is a professor in the English Department of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she lives.

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