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....
|Title||:||The Great Believers|
|Number of Pages||:||421 pages|
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The Great Believers Reviews
This book is exquisite. The characters seem so real I still think of them almost every day even though I finished this 6 weeks ago.
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
This sprawling, intimate novel takes on the legacy of the AIDS crisis, focusing on one group of friends in Chicago in the 1980s.
It’s 1985 and Yale Tishman’s friends are dying one by one. As his career at a Chicago art gallery begins to take off, his personal life is consumed with loss—not to mention the looming fear of getting sick himself. Yale throws himself into a new project, helping the aunt of one of his late friends Nico unveil a collection of paintings from famous 1920s artists that she ...more
A page-turning read and an important novel of the AIDS crisis, thankfully set in Chicago rather than New York or San Francisco. There's a lot of plot going on here, and not all the various timelines and characters totally work, but the writing is smooth, the characters complex, and some infuriating and highly relevant history brought to life. The result is a thoughtful, enjoyable reading journey despite tears along the way.
I loved this book. That out of the way: no, I really LOVED this book. It's so sad but so beautiful. It's about found families that can tie people together and be more important than blood relations. It's a portrait of my city before my time, a portrait of a generation in pain and sickness, but it's still got so much life and urgency. Sometimes I get to the last line of a good book and tears spring to my eyes, and this one made me want to sob.
So incredibly engaging--yes, it's a book about the AIDS epidemic, but it's so personal. It's truly a story about Yale, and perhaps even more, about Fiona, and what this major historical (if ongoing) event did to them. It was obviously meticulously researched, but I never felt like he'd put details in there just because she knew them. I never detected an off note in the whole 400 pages, never a word choice that tripped me up. There were a lot of characters, but she made it easy to keep clear on w ...more
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.
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).