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Author Celeste Ng on Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I tore through Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody in a matter of days. Ostensibly a mystery—we witness a double murder in the first few pages—it keeps you turning pages at a furious clip. But it’s so much more than that. It’s also high school story, centering on a teen performing arts festival in a shabby old hotel; any former band geek, orchestra nerd, or theatre diva will simulteously squeal and cringe in recognition. Set in 1997, it’s liberally studded with hits of nostalgia: aspiring actresses belting out “On My Own” in auditions; a capella boys beatboxing to “Groove Is in the Heart”; a kid popping the first disk of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness into his discman. Yet somehow, Bellweather Rhapsody manages to be a timeless coming of age story for all of its characters. Every one of the leads—Rabbit, the shy bassoonist; Alice, his extroverted twin; Natalie, their emotionally scarred chaperone; Fisher Brodie, the volatile conductor; and Minnie, the haunted young woman who witnesses the double murder at the novel’s opening—grapples with demons and doubt and comes out stronger. The result is a deliciously dark confection of a novel, and one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I’ve read in years.
Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, One Story, Five Chapters, Gulf Coast, The Millions, and elsewhere, and has been awarded the Pushcart Prize. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan and teaches writing at Grub Street in Boston. To learn more about her, visit celesteng.com or follow her on Twitter (@pronounced_ing).
Interested in Bellweather Rhapsody? You can learn about Katie Racculia by following them on Twitter – @kateracculia. Or, you can purchase the book now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can also learn more about Celeste Ng by liking them on Facebook, following them on Twitter- @pronounced_ing, or purchasing their book on Barnes & Noble or Amazon.