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 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....
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The Great Believers Reviews
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
I think this book may have helped
to prepared me for death (I'm 70).
I've become a great believer
in the word wizardry of Rebecca Makkai.
Best book in a long time, and am actually
three pages from finishing, but I'm
paralyzed with emotion I want to draw out.
This was an exceptionally engrossing and well-crafted novel. I could not stop reading it!
The thematic material - the AIDS epidemic - is played out through the lives of two main characters set 30 years apart. Both stories develop rich characters and relationships rife with adult complications. You know how sometimes you'll read a story that takes you from one character you enjoy reading about to another that you care nothing for? That is not the case here - both developed worlds - one of 1980s Ch ...more
What can I say about this book that has not already been said? It is propulsively readable with character development and tone that will grab a hold of you and suck you out the other end feeling enriched, enlightened and ever so lucky to have had the experience of reading this amazing novel. Serious subjects that could be depressing but are not because of Makkai's precision with the written word. The intertwining and overlapping characters and plot lines are masterfully handled. Unless something ...more
Makkai creates a very personal tour of the AIDS crisis in the 80's in Chicago alternating with chapters occurring in Paris in 2015. Many books have been written about the dreadful trajectories for many AIDS patients at the beginning of this crossroad but few have had the skilled dialogue that takes one inside the minds and hearts of everyday life as individuals confront a disease that no one knew much about. It felt so intimate that I was sure Makkai must have had personal relationships with AID ...more
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 ...more
I read the first 50 pages for a potential BookBrowse review, skimmed up to p. 172 and also skimmed the last few chapters. There’s a near-contemporary story line that’s not very compelling; while I enjoyed the 1980s strand, there are a lot of secondary characters we don’t get to know very well, plus the details of Yale’s art deal slow down the narrative. I really wanted to appreciate the book because I loved Makkai’s two previous novels so much, but I’m not feeling the impetus to continue.
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, rounding up.
At the start of The Great Believers , Rebecca Makkai's beautifully poignant yet meandering new novel, it is 1985, and Yale Tishman and his partner, Charlie, are preparing for the memorial service for Nico, a friend who has recently died of AIDS.
The gay community in Chicago where they live has been devastated by this recently discovered disease, as have gay communities across the country. The sense of loss they feel is just beginning to hit them, as they ...more