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The Great Believers
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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 Makkai In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing 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, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. 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 epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.
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Kalalalatja
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While I wish Makkai had just focused on the chapters set in the 1980s and 90s, I was so engaged by her writing that I felt bad everytime I had to put the book down. I knew very little about the AIDS crisis in America, but Makkai‘s book made it seem real and alive to me. I lost friends, I felt scared, and I hurt along with Yale and Fiona.

I just realised, that I never filled the Winter prompt for #NewToYouAuthor for #Booked2019 so this is my pick

Cathythoughts Great ... I need to get back to this one ... it in #hibernation 7h
Cinfhen It‘s on my want list !! Just waiting for the softcover version 7h
TrishB I loved this 💕 7h
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. It really hurt and touched my heart—one of my 2018 favorites. 6h
Lola @Cinfhen I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on this one. For me it was 🥰 June 4th for the paperback. Almost here!
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Cinfhen Thanks for update @Lola if you were all 😍🤩😍over this book, then I‘m sure I‘m gonna be too 😘😘 5h
Lola @Cinfhen 👍🏻If you come to Chicago, I‘ll take you to the some of the places mentioned in the book 😘 5h
Cinfhen Deal @Lola 👊🏽 5h
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KGlibrarian
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Anyone who remembers the horror and panic of the peak of the AIDS crisis in the 80s will recognize the devastation and sadness that Makkai‘s characters represent. This is a moving, beautifully written, heartbreaking novel that will stay with me for a long time.

TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 1d
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Kalalalatja
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It is grey and rainy outside, but I have just taken a nap, I don‘t have to get up off the couch for a few hours, and I have a goal to finish this book before Monday. Let the weekend begin!

#currentlyreading

readordierachel Sounds perfect! 2d
Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts on the book ♥️👍🏻 2d
JennyM Perfect! 2d
TrishB Hope you‘re enjoying the book ❤️ 1d
Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts @TrishBelize definitely more interested in the parts set in the 1980s than the later chapters. But it is really good so far 👌 1d
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deargentlebookworm
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“I‘d have made a great Hamlet. But what a burden. To be Horatio. To be the one with the memory.”

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deargentlebookworm
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The Great Believers is one of the best books I‘ve ever read. It ripped me in half. I felt a part of Yale‘s relationship with Charlie, of his friend group, of the devastation that tracks them all. I felt like Fiona‘s best friend, a party to her grief. But Makkai also writes about the human experience in a way so obvious, yet so rarely articulable. And on top of it all, it is an enjoyable read - the characters are delightful, funny, and relatable.

DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 4d
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 4d
jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy! 4d
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 2d
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Bevita
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Amazing book about the AIDS crisis and the devastation to the gay community. While Reagan and the homophobic US looked the other way. Unforgettable.

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Loreen
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One of my favorite books in 2018. So, so good.

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JoyBlue
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This could have been a much better book had been significantly shorter (better edited and focused). Paris story line was largely unnecessary. I didn't form a strong interest in any of the characters, save Nora, who was incidental (especially if the Paris story line was cut). Possibly, I could have mustered up more interest in Yale, had the book been focused on his story line (set in the mid- to late-80s, on the AIDS crisis in Chicago).

JoyBlue Hmmmm . . . I didn't like Makkai's The Hundred-Year House, either. Guess she's not my cup of tea. 7d
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JenReadsAlot
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I devoured this book! Loved the storyline of Yale more than the other one, but still so good.

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Jason7
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This book is being mentioned as a possible Pulitzer winner. I wouldn‘t be at all surprised if it won, though it may not be my first choice. It‘s described as a “page turner” in the book‘s summary. I wouldn‘t necessarily classify it as such, but it is quite good. Half of the novel takes place in the 80s, the other half in 2015. The 80s storyline is where the book shines most. The audiobook narrator is really good. Overall rating: 4.39 stars

AmyG I loved this book. Not a page-turner...more if a slow burn for me. The end tied it all together. (edited) 1w
Jason7 Yes. Definitely more of a slow burn. Reminded me of A Little Life at moments. I think it will probably win The Pulitzer. 1w
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JenReadsAlot
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Happy weekend! Enjoying this so far...

Rachel_nyc I LOVED this book. Yale is one of my favorite literary characters I‘ve come across in a long time. 1w
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Kalalalatja
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Sitting down to read an actual book for the first time this week 🙌

#currentlyreading

Moray_Reads Bits of this one worked better than other for me, but the good bits are really great 1w
Megabooks I really want this from the library! Have you finished it yet? 3d
Kalalalatja @Megabooks not yet, but I hope to finish it this weekend 🤞 3d
Megabooks @Kalalalatja looking forward to your review!! Good luck. 👍🏻 3d
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BennettBookworm
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This book was so well-written. I learned a lot about the devastating AIDS epidemic in 80s Chicago. The characters were vividly painted, honest and relatable. As a Northwestern Art History major, I connected to that subplot, though at times it felt disjointed, which makes sense because Makkai said she set out to write one book and then wrote a different story entirely.

This was my first IRL book club read and we all had strong reactions to it!

BennettBookworm Not sure how I feel about the ending... 1w
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One of the surprisingly haunting scenes of “Believers” is when Yale emerges from a party to find that all of his friends have disappeared. In the novel, AIDS is a kind of war—killing loved ones, brothers, in an instant. The book does its best to reassure us that death is not the end, that we all live life together, again and again. And just in case that‘s not true, there‘s always art — the next best way to exist beyond this one life.

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Lindy
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But when someone‘s gone and you‘re the primary keeper of his memory—letting go would be a kind of murder, wouldn‘t it? I had so much love for him, even if it was a complicated love, and where is all that love supposed to go? He was gone, so it couldn‘t change, it couldn‘t turn to indifference. I was stuck with all that love.

(Internet photo)

Reggie Have you ever read And The Band Played On, Lindy? 2w
Lindy @Reggie It‘s been on my TBR for decades, but I keep thinking it will make me too sad. 2w
Fridameetslucy “Complicated love :( heartbreaking in NYC st Vincent‘s hospital was the location AIDS patients went (now luxury condos) the memorial park twas built as part of the deal to not to erase its importance to the community. It‘s the one outdoor space that I can‘t bring myself to read at. Too many dear ones lost. So much loss. (edited) 2w
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Reggie It‘s a chunkster but it‘s so good. It‘ll definitely make you angry. 2w
Lindy @Fridameetslucy I can understand that. I feel sorrow just thinking about it. 2w
Lindy @Reggie I remember being so angry at the time. Do I want to get angry all over again? 2w
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Lindy
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Wow! I let myself sink into this and feel all the emotions of the AIDS crisis in 1980s Chicago and its aftereffects in contemporary Paris. It‘s got the ingredients I like: believable characterization; vivid settings; queer content; the art world; social commentary—and it‘s deserving of its many awards & accolades. #Audiobook performed by Michael Crouch. #LGBT

AmyG I loved this book so much. 2w
Lindy @AmyG 😁👍 2w
suzisteffen So many emotions, so much anger at how much better it all could have been. So much sadness for many people lost. Yep. A good book. 2w
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Pricel101 It was released on Scribd this week can‘t wait to read it! 2w
Megabooks I need to read this!! 2w
Lindy @suzisteffen Oh, yes. So many emotions. ❤️ 2w
Lindy @Pricel101 Excellent! 2w
Lindy @Megabooks 😊👍 2w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I loved this one so much too. 2w
Lindy @TrishB 😊👯‍♀️ 2w
LauraBytheBook I‘m listening to this audiobook right now. Very good so far! 2w
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I was excited to get this book at our book swap at the Litsy Meetup in CT on Saturday. It was so nice to get together with everyone and spend an afternoon talking books. Thanks again @CareBear for organizing our get together and for the great Litsy bookmark with our Litsy handles on the back. Sorry we missed you @kspenmoll @MrBook @mcipher and @bookish_wookish , hopefully we‘ll see you next time! #ctlitsymeetup

MrBook Very glad it was a great time! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Definitely plan on being at the next one. 🤗 3w
mrozzz 💗 Looking forward to seeing what you think about this book! Hopefully we meet up again at THAT Bookstore or Riverbend, or the Wesleyan RJ Julia! Right @CareBear ?? 😉 3w
KatieDid927 Yay! 3w
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ScientistSam It was lovely to meet you and everyone else (and see a few folks I knew)! 3w
Amiable So glad I was able to make this one and meet you all IRL! 🙂 3w
kspenmoll So sorry to miss you all! Next time! 3w
CareBear Yessss @mrozzz !! I‘m going to try to get something a little more informal together for June! I think @Ncostell @kspenmoll would like to go, too! 3w
CareBear Yessss @mrozzz !! I‘m going to try to get something a little more informal together for June! I think @Ncostell @kspenmoll would like to go, too! 3w
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll Count me in! I‘m down for any of those places. (edited) 3w
mcipher I‘m so glad you all had fun! I will definitely try to make it next time!! 3w
CareBear @mrozzz @Ncostell @kspenmoll how about 6/8? Late afternoon cocktails and book shopping at that bookstore? Riverbend is like 10 mins from there too if we wanted to hit both 😊 2w
mrozzz Possibly! I was thinking of going up to Boston that weekend. Nothing in stone yet. @CareBear (edited) 2w
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll 6/8 we will be celebrating my husband‘s birthday. I know it‘s hard finding dates that everyone is available! 2w
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll Upon further thought I could take my husband out on 6/1 (his birthday is 6/6) which would free up 6/8 for me. His birthday falls on a Thursday and he‘d rather go out to dinner on a Saturday. 2w
CareBear @Ncostell @mrozzz @kspenmoll I can do 6/15 too if that works better for everyone 1w
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll 6/15 is my daughter‘s dance recital, so I can‘t make that date unfortunately. 1w
CareBear Ok but 6/8 works Nicole? @Ncostell 1w
CareBear @Ncostell @kspenmoll @mrozzz I have all your numbers, would you guys mind if I group texted you? Might be easier. 1w
Ncostell @CareBear. Texting is definitely easier 1w
kspenmoll @CareBear sorry I have been not checking Litsy consistently. 6/8 works for me but 6/15 i cannot do. Group text is perfect! 1w
mrozzz Hi sorry, I got married this weekend 😉 Yes! Please text— 6/8 will work I think. May do Boston or Providence the next day @CareBear @Ncostell @kspenmoll 6d
kspenmoll @mrozzz Congratulations on your🎉🎉🎊🎊 marriage!!! 6d
mrozzz 💝 💝 💝 @kspenmoll 5d
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Lindy
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“But Ansel Adams‘ work is arid. I prefer landscapes that are intimate, photos that make you feel something strange is about to happen. Or something strange just happened and you‘re dealing with the ghost of it.” -André Alexis, Days by Moonlight

Concurrent reads, talking about photography. I like this. ?

(Photo by Ansel Adams, from internet)

SamAnne Loved The Great Believers! And love AA 3w
Lindy @SamAnne 😊👍 3w
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Lindy
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“the world is a wonder, but the portions are small” —Rebecca Hazelton, Slash Fiction

Jennick2004 That is gorgeous...even though it‘s a fungi 💜🤣 3w
Lindy @Jennick2004 There‘s beauty everywhere. 😊 3w
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Lindy
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You can never know anyone‘s marriage but your own. And even then, you‘ll only know half of it.

(Photo: my parents, 1958)

Andrea4 Ooooo good quote. Totally true. 3w
Andrea4 Also love old wedding photos!! 3w
Tanisha_A Beautiful photograph! 3w
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Lindy
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Left to his own devices, he‘d be listening to The Smiths, which wouldn‘t have helped a thing. And if it turned out he only had a few years to live, shouldn‘t he be listening to Beethoven?

TrishB I‘d stick with The Smiths 💜 3w
Lindy @TrishB 😁 3w
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Lindy
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Another day of not #audiogardening. I will be #audioknitting instead.

Cathythoughts I love the snow ❄️ 3w
Lindy @Cathythoughts Me too, but it‘s getting old. I‘m getting impatient for spring. 3w
Cathythoughts I get it 👍🏻😘 3w
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Cathythoughts We just never ever see snow 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Lindy @Cathythoughts Forecast cast for next Tuesday and onwards is that we will be out of single digit temperatures. I‘m looking forward to that. 3w
Cathythoughts Oh ! Enjoy 😉 😊 3w
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Lindy
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For these eight hours, she was unable to do a thing. Being on an airplane, even in coach, was the closest an adult could come to the splendid helplessness of infancy.

suzisteffen I thought that book was quite, QUITE good. 4w
Lindy @suzisteffen Good to know. I‘m only 45 minutes into the audiobook. 4w
TrishB Loved this book 💕 4w
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Lindy @TrishB 😊👍 4w
Cathythoughts Love this quote ✨✨✨✨✨ 3w
Cathythoughts I have the book , it‘s in hibernation 👍🏻 3w
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GidgetsTreasures75
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4-24-19: My 34th finished book of 2019! 👍🏼📖#️⃣3️⃣4️⃣ #thegreatbelievers #rebeccamakkai

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BookishMarginalia
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It took me a bit to get into this one, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. Multiple storylines follow the devastation of the AIDS epidemic, the acquisition of priceless artwork for a museum, and the search for a missing daughter. While all are interesting and affecting, the issues regarding AIDS in the 1980s touched me the most, as I remember living through the hysteria of fear; seeing it from the characters‘ perspective is eye-opening. Recommended!

Rachel_nyc This was one of my favorites from last year. Yale has really stayed with me. What a wonderful character 1mo
TrishB Loved this one too 💕 1mo
Cathythoughts I need to get back to this one 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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whippoorwill815
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Just lounging in bed on a cloudy, damp Saturday morning with new coffee (courtesy of @BookwormAHN ) and a recently started book!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book! Happy reading! 1mo
BookwormAHN Enjoy ☕ 1mo
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whippoorwill815
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Carpet installation was a success! Bottom right is the old (blech!) and bottom left is the new! I redid the whole room in my preferred color palette of blue and gray. The pink has been evicted!

I am doing some re-organizing as things get moved back in. I repurposed this little bookshelf for Litsy books- gifts given to me by Littens in swaps or otherwise and books I picked for postal book clubs too! Tagged book is one I just started.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the new color. We updated to something similar last year. 👊🏻 1mo
wanderinglynn Wow! That‘s a great transformation. 👍🏻 1mo
Slajaunie Looks good! 1mo
BookishMarginalia That‘s lovely! 1mo
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BookishMarginalia
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And there‘s #ChipmunkCat! #CatsofLitsy

Clwojick 🐱🐱🐱So cute! 1mo
Velvetfur What a cutie! (I mean both of you, heh!) 1mo
Catsandbooks Adorable! 😻 1mo
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anushac Aawww 1mo
Naj 😻😻😻 1mo
wanderinglynn Too cute! ❤️🐱 1mo
RubyRed Love chipmunk cats very long tail ❤️ 1mo
simpledutchgirl Adorable kitty! 1mo
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BookishMarginalia
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#MiaCat is not amused. #CatsofLitsy

Velvetfur Aaww look at that little cutie face 💜 1mo
Catsandbooks 😂 too funny! 1mo
wanderinglynn 😹 What a cutie! ❤️🐱 1mo
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BookishMarginalia
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#ImmersionReading with book and audiobook from the library, with #TrickyCat as a companion #CatsofLitsy

Velvetfur At first glance I thought the book was lying on Tricky's back! 1mo
Catsandbooks Kitty wants to join in on the book fun! 1mo
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The portion of this book set in the 1980s was a 5 star read. The part taking place in the 2000s was about a 3. I wish i could have removed the later timeline because I found the 1980s portion fascinating and heart-wrenching.

SamAnne @Nebklvr Loved it as well. Still glad Overstory took the Pulitzer but one of the best books I‘ve read in 2019. 1mo
Nebklvr @SamAnne I keep looking at Overstory but find it intimidating. 1mo
Cathythoughts I did start it & got interrupted .. must get back to it .... ♥️👍🏻 1mo
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whippoorwill815
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I have had this amazing #LitsyMail in my possession for over 12 hours and thought I would never get a chance to sit down and post!

@BookwormAHN @Avanders my #SFFS swap box has arrived ! Now where do I hide it until opening day?!?!

The book is a #jb gift from @Jas16 !! Thank you so so so much, it was such a nice surprise and totally made my day! I‘m super excited to read this book, it was highly recommended by a friend of mine! 💙💙💙

BookwormAHN Good, I'm glad it made it 😸 2mo
Jas16 Glad it arrived safely. I really loved it and hope you do too! 2mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 2mo
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The chapters alternate between the mid-80s and 2015. The 80s chapters follow Yale, who lives in Chicago as the AIDS crisis is raging. The 2015 chapters follow Fiona, a friend of Yale‘s, as she searches for her grown daughter in Paris. The novel is beautifully structured and the characters are vibrant and alive. The timelines inform each other and weave together at the end. I loved it.

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I can‘t imagine how it must have felt to be young and happy and gay and living in the 80s when that unknown disease came up and killed so many and threatened the rest. The impact, the sadness. I can‘t imagine but Makkai comes close in taking me to those days with her beautiful story of very real people in Chicago in the 80s and Paris in current times.

#ATY2019 A book from a NYPL staff picks list
#ReadingUSA2019 #Illinois

MicheleinPhilly I‘m still pissed this didn‘t make the TOB. 2mo
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly Agreed! I really thought it was exceptional. 2mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore That‘s unbelievable indeed! (edited) 2mo
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Suet624 You‘re right. She brought you into the experience. 2mo
Kalalalatja I have this on hold at the library, and I can‘t wait till it is finally my turn to pick it up! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I had been looking forward to it too! 2mo
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SamAnne
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Beautiful novel about friendship, love, art and the wars that shape generations. For people my age who lived through the height of the American AIDS crisis it‘s particularly poignant.

suzisteffen @SamAnne Your last sentence is exactly right. I‘ve often wondered how to explain that to younger generations & ... well, this is a good start. 2mo
SamAnne @suzisteffan I was living in Portland OR working in a restaurant after graduating college. It was just devastating. It shaped a generation in that decade. 2mo
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A gorgeous novel set in Chicago during the 1980s AIDS crisis and modern-day Paris. I became immersed in this story of Yale & his friends, & felt like I was living with the characters. It gave me a new understanding of the tragedy of a lost generation of young men (& that it was avoidable in part - showing the danger of homophobia), & broke my heart. It‘s also funny in parts. Beautiful. Up now on Books On The Go: our chat w Rebecca Makkai. 🎧🙌🏼💫

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️nice review! I did start this one & then got distracted ... but I really want to get back to it. 2mo
Abailliekaras @cathythoughts I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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SamAnne
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Sitting under my porch heater reading, watching the snow finally melting on a 50 degree day. We‘ve never had so much snow on the ground this late in March here in Spokane WA. Found the first buttercup this week!

Freespirit Hope those Spring flowers keep coming🌷🌹❤️ 2mo
mdhughes72 Where in Spokane? 2w
SamAnne @mdhughes72 East central 2w
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Bookboss
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I love my library!

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Abailliekaras
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Book and breakfast. 👌🏼😋📖

JennyM Ooo, I love that book! 2mo
RealLifeReading Looks yummy! 2mo
Cathythoughts I put that book into #hibernation but I really must bring it out again ... I was enjoying it 👍🏻♥️nice breakfast 2mo
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suzisteffen
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A good book. Is it great? Perhaps. I need some time to think about that, and to think about the place of straight women in this story - as neither a gay man nor a straight woman, I‘m not entirely sure. The PTSD of everyone involved from that particular beginning of the long emergency time period is very real, though how that might affect their children is not, perhaps, something I believed in this particular book. (More in comments.)

suzisteffen But did I particularly appreciate the comparison of war with AIDS? Yes, and I think WWI worked for that - all the uncertainty, all the horrible new ways to die, the speed of it all. The towns or areas completely devastated while others remained OK. The individual pain in the midst of larger events. 2mo
suzisteffen And Charlie, what a fucking asshole. Yale, what a sad sweetie who needed to make better choices. Fiona, how great and sad. Claire, what a little beeyotch. 2mo
j9brown @suzisteffen omg I wanted to hurl Claire off a bridge, she was the worst! Poor Yale, though. There's a lot of emotions with this book! 2mo
suzisteffen @j9brown CLAIRE! She made me beyond furious. But then I realize she‘s still pretty young. But also when she whines that her having a kid is different than Fiona having her ... ugggh Claire! Why so awful? WHY? 2mo
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Bawling. This book. 💔💔💔💔💔

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Great book about the Chicago gay community during the AIDs epidemic and trying to reconcile a mother-daughter relationship in 2015 Paris. Great story about how art is so much more then painting.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Pretty sure this book is going to be utterly devastating. (Queer, especially) Gen-Xers and Boomers really know what I mean. Still looking forward to reading it. 🏳️‍🌈✊🏼❣️

TrishB I loved this ❤️ 2mo
suzisteffen @TrishB I woke up at 5:15 and just started reading. Sitting here bawling when I found out what Claire named her daughter. 2mo
TrishB 😢😮 2mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Thoroughly wrecked by this gorgeous and elegiac novel. It follows two timelines: 1980s Chicago, where a group of gay men are being decimated by AIDS, and 2015 Paris where Fiona, the sister of one of the victims, searches for her missing adult daughter. I cannot stop thinking about this book. #HalfBloodBingo

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Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I'm in the midst of reading this book. It is great so far. It's very sad at times.