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The Great Believers

A page turner...An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what its like to live during times of crisis." 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 and award-winning author Rebecca MakkaiIn 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...

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ISBN : 9780735223523
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 421 pages
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The Great Believers Reviews

  • Paula Bardell-Hedley

    “They were walking every day through streets where there had been a holocaust, a mass murder of neglect and antipathy.”
    I remember vividly that bleak period in the early 1980s when a spectrum of bizarre but fatal conditions started afflicting gay men. The tabloids were in their element, describing the mystery illnesses as a 'Gay Plague' while rallying their readers to demand all homosexuals be deported somewhere remote, away from 'decent people'. As religious leaders proclaimed the outbreak was ...more

  • Emily

    My most anticipated release of 2018 also happens to be two other things: the 50th book I’ve read this year, and the best. I am a HUGE Rebecca Makkai fan, and a vocal one at that, so I was irrationally nervous to pick this up. I stared at the ARC for months, hoping it would live up to MUSIC FOR WARTIME, and now, of course, I regret all that waiting, because THE GREAT BELIEVERS blew past my greatest expectations. To say this novel is epic in scope feels like an understatement. The absolutely devas ...more

  • switterbug (Betsey)

    When my best friend, Wade, died of complications of the AIDS virus in 1992, I was devastated and broken. If it weren’t for my fiancé (now husband), I may have spiraled into a dark, depressing space for a long time. Makkai’s book brought it all back to me—the despair, the secrets, and the shame that was forced upon my friend from the virus and the politics of the time. Even though the locale (Chicago/Paris) in Makkai’s novel is different than my own, and the plot of course sprang from the depth o ...more

  • Dan

    In a weird way, I feel that this is the sweeping gay masterpiece that A Little Life should’ve been. It’s a nice long read about a close-knit group of gay friends and their straight allies that jumps back and forth between the height of the AIDS crisis in Chicago and present day Paris. Makkai does a pretty clever thing here by drawing parallels between the Lost Generation from WWI and survivors of the AIDS crisis. Ordinarily, when I read books that go back and forth between two narrators I tend t ...more

  • Stephen Kiernan

    One of my favorite novels of the year.

    This book chronicles the arrival of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the early 80s. But don't let that scare you away. It is packed with humor (something funny on nearly every page), there are great characters and a wry sensibility from start to finish, and about a third of the book is actually set in present day, when a woman who was deep in AIDS activism is searching for her runaway daughter.

    Yes, there is sadness -- but this book has zero melodrama and to
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  • Lydia

    I LOVE this book. It's heartbreaking and propulsive - I could not put it down, and was turning pages so fast it felt like I was reading a thriller. I loved all the characters, and thought the author did a wonderful job of the time change (going back in time then current day).

  • Diane S ☔

    4.5 The story opens with the death of a young gay man, named Nico. Disowned by this family for his sexual preference, that is all but his younger sister, Fiona, who is with him until the end. This is her introduction into the gay community, a community that will embrace her as she embraces them. It is the eighties in Chicago, Boys town and the AIDS epidemic is in full swing. We meet many of these young men, so many whose families have cut them loose. See their fear, their sorrow as more die, or ...more

  • Mike

    In 1985, AIDS, an epidemic that is rarely mentioned outside of the gay community, tears Yale and his friends’ lives apart. Thirty years later, Fiona, his closest friend, continues to struggle with the memories of that year.

    An impassioned novel that intertwines the lives of several remarkable characters to tell a story about the power of love even in the face of despair.