Diva

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by Daisy Goodwin

Publication date: January 23, 2024
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Paperback: 336 Pages

Publisher Description

New York Times bestselling author Daisy Goodwin returns with a story of the scandalous love affair between the most celebrated opera singer of all time and one of the richest men in the world.

In the glittering and ruthlessly competitive world of opera, Maria Callas was known simply as la divina: the divine one. With her glorious voice, instinctive flair for the dramatic and striking beauty, she was the toast of the grandest opera houses in the world. But her fame was hard won: raised in Nazi-occupied Greece by a mother who mercilessly exploited her golden voice, she learned early in life to protect herself from those who would use her for their own ends.

When she met the fabulously rich Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, for the first time in her life, she believed she’d found someone who saw the woman within the legendary soprano. She fell desperately in love. He introduced her to a life of unbelievable luxury, showering her with jewels and sojourns in the most fashionable international watering holes with celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

And then suddenly, it was over. The international press announced that Aristotle Onassis would marry the most famous woman in the world, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, leaving Maria to pick up the pieces.

In this remarkable novel, Daisy Goodwin brings to life a woman whose extraordinary talent, unremitting drive and natural chic made her a legend. But it was only in confronting the heartbreak of losing the man she loved that Maria Callas found her true voice and went on to triumph.

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About the author

Daisy Goodwin is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter. She is the screenwriter and executive producer of the PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria. She lives in London.

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Praise

“VERDICT: Brava! Historical-fiction enthusiasts, fans of La Callas, and others will relish this view into the tumultuous love affair of a power couple; they’ll offer a standing ovation when, in the novel’s ‘Final Curtain,’ the opera singer discovers her true voice.” Library Journal, starred review

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“I was blown away by Diva. Beautiful, visceral, tragic, gutting.” ―Miranda Cowley Heller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paper Palace

“The spectacular Daisy Goodwin has written Diva, an epic novel about Maria Callas in love that hits every note and soars off the page. You will root for Callas as she navigates her dynamic career and a love affair that will break her heart. Told with tenderness and power, this is bravura storytelling in the hands of a master.” ―Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Left Undone

“Elegant, adult, ultimately very moving, Diva presents an amazingly convincing Maria, while always conveying the power of the majestic Callas myth.” ―Laura Thompson, New York Times bestselling author of The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

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