I'll be giving Bel Canto as a gift this Christmas, and I plan to read more of Patchett's writing in the New Year.
Today is also the birthday of my dear friend Sister Dolores Hodapp, a School Sister of Notre Dame, who loves good poetry and writing as much as I do. Sister Dolores supported me mightily when I returned to college mid-life to earn an MFA in Creative Writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. All writers need the support of earth angels. Sister Dolores is one of mine.