A Novel. Nominiert: American National Book Award for Fiction 2018, Nominiert: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2019
'Rebecca Makkai has written a gift of a book: stirring, spellbinding and full of life' Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's WifeChicago, 1985: Yale Tishman and his friends have no idea that their lives are about to be devastated by the AIDS crisis; Yale himself, working at an art gallery, is more concerned with the provenance of a group of paintings which might make his career. But as the decade unfolds, and the virus does its horrible work, they find themselves becoming spokesmen, activists, comforters, victims and destroyers.In 2015, Fiona, the sister of Yale's friend Nico, who died during that terrible decade, is in Paris, searching for her estranged adult daughter, who disappeared into a cult some years before. There, she reconnects with a figure from that time, and comes to realize that what seemed like a moment of crisis is still making itself felt thirty years later.The Great Believers is a story of how love can both rescue and destroy us, a thrilling, addictive novel full of characters who the reader comes to know as friends, colleagues and lovers. It has the symphonic quality of the greatest American novels, from The Age of Innocence to The Corrections to The Emperor's Children.
Stylish and ambitious . . . a deeply affecting novel that is full of death, yet simultaneously spirited and hopeful about love and life Observer
Makkai, Rebecca Rebecca Makkai is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Fantasy, Harper's, Tin House, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and New England Review, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.