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Rebecca Makkai

Biography

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel THE GREAT BELIEVERS, one of the New York Times’ Best 10 Books of the Year for 2018, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal and the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. It appeared in a total of 21 Best of the Year lists. She is the author of two other novels, THE BORROWER and THE HUNDRED-YEAR-HOUSE, and the collection MUSIC FOR WARTIME --- four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Rebecca Makkai

Books by Rebecca Makkai

by Rebecca Makkai - Fiction

It is 1985, and Yale Tishman is the development director for an art gallery in Chicago. 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. In these intertwining stories, Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

by Rebecca Makkai - Family, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Violet’s portrait was known to terrify the artists who resided at the house from the 1920s to the 1950s, when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony --- and this is exactly the period Zee’s husband, Doug, is interested in. Doug is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, once in residence at the colony. All he needs to get the book back on track is access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. But when Doug begins to poke around where he shouldn’t, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity, raising questions about what she might be hiding.