Winner of a 2015 Alex Award "Delightfully odd...A fine cast of misfits and dreamers and foes. A." - Entertainment Weekly "A deliciously dark confection of a novel, and one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I've read in years." -Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You "Warm, entertaining and thoughtful, and a glorious celebration of music." - Minneapolis Star Tribune 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 have gathered at the Bellweather for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a blizzard is threatening to trap them all inside. When a young prodigy disappears from infamous room 712, the search for her entwines an eccentric cast of conductors and caretakers, teenagers on the verge and adults haunted by memories. A genre-bending page-turner, full of playful nods to pop-culture classics from The Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee, Bellweather Rhapsody is a winning new novel from a writer to watch. "Funny and exuberant, twisty and captivating . . . For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." - Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore "A rollicking story . . . Racculia's exuberant voice inspires laugh-out-loud moments while also bringing to life broken people who find solace in each other's heartaches." - Wisconsin State Journal
"As much as this is a tale of youth and ambition - and, in the case of the students' messy adult mentors, regret and rage - it is at its core a humdinger of a mystery...the pleasures of this great yarn are not just its full heart but its clever head." - Entertainment Weekly , Grade A "This rich brew of a novel from Racculia ( This Must Be the Place) mixes together murder, music, and eccentric humor. Racculia sets the stage for a novel of dueling wills, marked by textured characterization and an ebullient storytelling style." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "An experience worth rhapsodizing about . . . Racculia's droll wit and keen understanding of human nature propel a story that's rich in distinctive characters and wholly engaging. A gem." - Kirkus , starred review " Bellweather Rhapsody is funny and exuberant, twisty and captivating. Racculia tells the truth here, about art and life and the many trajectories that talent can take. She's also written the most resonant descriptions of music-how it really works in the head and the heart-that I've ever read. For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." - Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore "Witty and smartly moving, Kate Racculia's Bellweather Rhapsody offers a heart-thumping mystery of music and murder, wherein the past repeats itself, and in doing so becomes malleable again: just as an orchestral score can be rearranged to new effect, so an unsolved crime sometimes returns to shock and surprise anew-and in both cases the outcomes are as unpredictable as they are suspenseful." -Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
Kate Racculia ist in Syracuse, New York, aufgewachsen. Sie studierte Illustration und Design an der Universität von Buffalo, beschäftigte sich mit Jane Austen und Kanada. Nach einem Jahr als Buchhändlerin in Philadelphia zog sie nach Boston und absolvierte die Magisterprüfung am Emerson College.