Bellweather Rhapsody

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 - Fiction - 340 pages
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"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from the most infamous room in the Bellweather Hotel, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with dark and giddy humor

Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a colossal snowstorm is threatening to trap them all in the hotel. Then Alice's roommate goes missingfrom room 712. The search for her entwines an eccentric cast of characters: conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted.

Bellweather Rhapsody is a genre-bending page-turner, full of knowing nods to pop culture classics fromThe Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee. But its pleasures are beautifully deepened by Kate Racculia's skill with her characters, her melancholy, affecting writing about music, and her fearlessness about the loss and darkness that underline the truest humor. This is a wholly winning new novel from a writer to watch.
 

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User Review  - joyhclark - LibraryThing

3.5 stars - Suspenseful and fun in parts with some homage to us band geeks. The good parts were tempered by the over-the-top melodramatic descriptions. Read full review

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

An entertaining mystery with a collection of interesting and peculiar but believable characters. It all takes place in an old Catskill hotel during a high school music festival. Read full review

Contents

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13 1997
9
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14 1997
103
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 1997
201
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16 1997
291
AND AFTER
329
Back Matter
339
Back Flap
341
Back Cover
342
Spine
343
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About the author (2014)

KATE RACCULIA grew up in Syracuse, New York, where she played bassoon in her high school band and voraciously read Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha Christie, and Ellen Raskin. She received her M.F.A. from Emerson College and is also the author of This Must Be the Place .  

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