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Publisher 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2018
June 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
432
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

Mego65 ,

The Great Believers

Very powerful book. As a lesbian having lived through the 80s AIDS crisis this book provided so much more insight into our men's lives, loves, and daily struggles than I was even aware of. Thank you for educating my head and heart.

gerards86 ,

“The pain is still here...”

Thank you for the telling of this story; although, I initially could feel the dynamics of where the story was going, but then I did get it. Sadly, these stories were very real to me, even though I remember a mother writing to me telling of the horrible and humiliating experience her son had to go through before succumbing to this disease. I really was too young to understand loss; at 30 I did not know unconditional love, compassion, emphatic, really, not even a sincere, genuine embrace. The reality of our LGBTQ culture is that while we are allowed to coexist, we are still greatly prejudiced.

marjorie8888 ,

The great believers.

This was an excellent read. I felt I was witnessing first hand how these people were dealing with such devastation. A book about deep friendship, trust and support.

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