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The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

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Little Brown
23 April 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Family & relationships
WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
WINNER OF THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD - BARBARA GITTINGS LITERATURE AWARD
FINALIST FOR THE LA TIMES FICTION AWARD

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.


'Stirring, spellbinding and full of life' Tea Obreht, New York Times bestselling author of THE TIGER'S WIFE
By:   Rebecca Makkai
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9780708899120
ISBN 10:   0708899129
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   23 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Great Believers

Stirring, spellbinding and full of life This expansive, huge-hearted novel conveys the scale of the trauma that was the early AIDS crisis, and conveys, too, the scale of the anger and love that rose up to meet it. Makkai shows us characters who are devastated but not defeated, who remain devoted, in the face of death, to friendship and desire and joyful, irrepressible life. I loved this book Well imagined, intricately plotted, and deeply felt, both humane and human


  • Long-listed for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2019 (UK)
  • Short-listed for American National Book Award for Fiction 2018 (UK)
  • Winner of LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2019 (UK)

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