The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai

  • Release Date: 2018-06-19
  • Genre: Literary
  • Size: 1.86 MB
Score: 4.5
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Description

SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

NEW YORK TIMES Selection for BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK 
A PICK FOR THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S 2018 BEST BOOKS
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR READERS

“A page turner...An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis. "—The New York Times Book Review

 
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in 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, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon 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 crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

Reviews

  • Being a keeper of memories

    5
    By javerette
    “Boys with hands in pockets, waiting for everything to begin.” That’s how the protagonist Fiona thinks of her brother Nico and his group of gay friends in a critical scene from Rebecca Makkai’s “The Great Believers.” The novel alternates between mid-1980s Chicago during the height of the AIDS crisis and Fiona’s search for her estranged daughter 30 years later in Paris. I can’t write much more with giving away plot points. Just know there are plenty of surprises, and a lot is going on in this ambitious novel. Beside rotating between Boystown and Paris, the story includes subplots involving artists in love between the first and second world wars and a literal detective mystery. It’s the scenes from Boystown that stand out the most. Like myself, Makkai is too young to remember the confusion, fear, dread and hysteria surrounding that time. You can tell she did hours of research. She paints a compelling picture of what it must have been like to be young and gay in the 1980s. It’s an emotional read. It seems both historical but at the same time current. We are a generation removed from the height of the AIDS epidemic, but one that of course has not yet ended. For younger readers like myself, the novel will seem like a lifetime ago, when lovers were barred from funerals, nurses wouldn’t touch patients, people were afraid to shake hands or use the bathroom with a gay person. For those just a few years older, who experienced a time when AIDS was a death sentence, the novel will bring back painful memories. The characters won’t be fictional to them but will have real names and faces and stories. With that in mind, Makkai’s most potent themes deal with these memories, with the burden of guilt, grief and pain survivors carry. The central character to the Boystown years, Yale, is told by an older artist whose heart never left war-torn Europe: “When someone’s gone, and you’re the primary keeper of his memory, letting go would be kind of a murder, wouldn’t it? I was stuck with all that love.”
  • An amazing read

    5
    By SabraCanuck
    I cared deeply about the characters and was so curious to see how the stories connected and where they went.

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