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Great Believers
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 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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Chelsea.Poole
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First of all, I do see the greatness of this. It was just so gosh-darn long though! I feel bad thinking this way because it was moving and a subject matter (the AIDS crisis) I've rarely encountered. Pick, but I ended with some questions and was a bit relieved to be finished.

Hooked_on_books Frankly, I think it would have been better as just Yale‘s story. Fiona‘s didn‘t add as much as it should have. (edited) 2w
cathipink I was a bit ho hum on this one myself (although it was Yale's story I didn't love - or, more accurately, Yale). I felt like I need to think about this one more, and I appreciate what the author was doing, but the way the story was told felt more clinical (in terms of writing and storytelling techniques) than I expected. 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books I can totally see that helping with the issues I had with it! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @cathipink Agreed! I couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but I think that's it-- "clinical" or a feeling of being removed from the action somehow. I did like the story, it's the way it was told as you said that was a problem for me! 2w
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Chelsea.Poole
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Newest read on #audiobook while I shuck corn for dinner 🍽 🌽
With fresh picked, homegrown tomatoes 🍅 of course!! I love summer food.

Tamra Yum! 3w
kspenmoll Great photo!!! 3w
Buechersuechtling Wonderful photo. Enjoy both, meal and read. 3w
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Chelsea.Poole @Tamra it definitely was! 😋 (edited) 3w
Chelsea.Poole @kspenmoll thank you 😊 3w
Chelsea.Poole @Buechersuechtling thank you! We love summer corn 🌽 3w
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britt_reads
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I picked up the top three earlier today, and the three on the bottom were kindle deals that I just couldn't resist last weekend. My August #tbr is already a bit daunting, but I'd like to fit as many of these in as I can. Where should I begin? 😳

#bookhaul

TrishB The Great Believers 👍🏻 3w
Suet624 Either The Great Believers or Poisonwood Bible. 3w
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Suet624
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Yes, tucked amongst the postcards and stacks of books is Rebecca Makkai reading from The Great Believers. If you have the chance to go to a reading of hers, grab the car keys and go. Engaging stories of the research done, the importance of knowing the history of AIDS and activism, and the people she met on her previous tours. I‘m happy to say she‘s a part-time Vermonter. Thanks to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier Vermont for hosting the event.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 1mo
AmyG Such a great book. 1mo
Rachel_nyc This was one of my favorite books last year! 1mo
saresmoore Neat! 1mo
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BookishTrish
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My husband highly recommended this to me. What do you all think. My life is pretty heavy right now and I‘m finding the TV show Sharp Objects too much. Should I read it or wait?

TrishB It‘s a great read, but not a light read. 1mo
AmyG I loved this book. And agree with @TrishB - not a light read. 1mo
saresmoore Hmm, I agree with what @TrishB said. I became very emotionally invested when I read it. 1mo
Susannah If you tend to react to your books with strong(ish) emotion, you may want to hold off. It‘s very good and very emotional, too. 1mo
Historynerd07 Such a great book but you definitely need to be emotionally prepared! 1mo
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Susannah
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A slightly premature #recommendsday suggestion, this was the most recent read for my book club and one of my favorites of the year so far. It‘s kind of odd: I found the book to have a lot of flaws (mostly stemming from the fact that I think Makkai diluted the Eighties story by including the 2015 thread and that the two threads resulted in weaker character development), but I was totally engaged while I was reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

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Mitch
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#bookmail !

I seem to be going through a 'dark' phase with my book choices.... something more uplifting and positive must catch my eye soon!

AmyG The Great Believers is excellent! 2mo
catebutler I‘d love to hear what you think of, ‘Secondhand Time‘. It‘s been on my list for quite some time! 2mo
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cdreincarnate
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This book is so, so good, and so heartbreaking. Although I had known about the AIDS crisis in the theoretical sense, I‘m ashamed to admit that I had never really considered how devastating it must have been. I feel a little guilty reading a book about the gay community written by someone outside that community, but I think it was written with such empathy. Every character is fully fleshed out. They practically walk off the page. All the stars.

SamAnne One of my favorite novels this year. I was in my 20s during the 80s and AIDS was front and center. Lost friends and consoled friends. Makkai really captured the time. 2mo
cdreincarnate @SamAnne I was born in ‘87 so it‘s a little before my time, but I appreciated how this book made that era come alive. 2mo
Gayan What an amazing and eye opening read. I really felt connected to these characters. 2mo
cdreincarnate @Gayan I know, right? They all felt so real. 2mo
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Obviously I knew Charlie slept with Julian and caught HIV. What an #indiscretion! I couldn‘t imagine all that Fiona and many, many gay men went through in the early eighties. Terrible. And lots of kids today don‘t even bother with condoms and casual sex. Pisses me off. (I‘m a righteous ace, lol!) It‘s hard for me to believe that as a child of late 80s early 90s sex education. #StarTrekSummerJune

BkClubCare Yep, Roman REALLY made me mad. 2mo
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Megabooks
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I‘ve gotten my F(itness) on walking and at PT. My therapist and I had a good breakthrough with exercises!!

Then, because I was close 😉😉, I got a pineapple Dole Whip and finished my errands.

Now, to get my B(ook) on until and after dinner!!

#bfc #bfcr2 #bookfitnesschallenge #goteam

cobwebmoth 🙌😋 2mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 2mo
Clwojick That looks delicious! 2mo
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Dawnrod1970 Awesome job! 2mo
TheEllieMo Well done! 2mo
AmyG Good job. And this is an amazing book. Enjoy. 2mo
cewilf Yummmmm I love dole whips 😍 2mo
Megabooks @cobwebmoth 😊😊😊 2mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks! 👍🏻 2mo
Megabooks @Clwojick Thank you! It was great! 😋 2mo
Samplergal Must know about Dole whips. And I‘m up from 112 to 105 on the wait list for this book at my library. Sigh. 2mo
Megabooks @TheEllieMo thanks! 😊 2mo
Megabooks @AmyG It is. I‘m about a third done. 2mo
Megabooks @cewilf So good!! 😋😋💗 2mo
Megabooks @Samplergal As far as these, it‘s pineapple mixed with ice cream. This is a local drive-in owned by a childhood friend. It has an icy/creamy mixed texture and a really strong pineapple flavor. 2mo
Megabooks @Samplergal oh and library waits! I‘ve been waiting since this book came out last year!! Bane of my existence! (edited) 2mo
Samplergal @Megabooks it looks devine ! I make pineapple smoothies but essentially pineapple ice cream sounds great. 2mo
Emilymdxn That‘s amazing! Massive well done and #goteam 2mo
BookishTrish I love pineapple whip. 1mo
Megabooks @BookishTrish So good!!!! 1mo
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BkClubCare
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Megabooks You‘re a lot farther along than I am! 2mo
BkClubCare @Megabooks - I like Yale but not sure if I am fond of Fiona. Now-timeline-Fiona is a bit ... annoying is too strong a word, I think but yea. 2mo
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Megabooks
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On a lighter note than the next one you‘ll see...what did this person think? It‘s a book about the aids crisis! Nice Rebecca has a sense of humor about the review!

Lova Oh my goodness that‘s funny! The worst review I‘ve ever read was a one star review for Cleaving by Julie Powell that says “I only kept going to the end becauseI was REALLY hoping her poor long-suffering husband would kill her. He didn‘t.” I believe it‘s an autobiographicalish book too like Julie & Julia was. How horrible! 2mo
Megabooks @Lova OMG!! That is horrible!! That might have brought me to tears! Anyone else care to share bad reviews? 2mo
TrishB Funny 👍🏻 Mark Lawrence always talks about his one star reviews on fb. 2mo
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SaturnDoo ?? She needs to get this tweet made into a t-shirt too.... it says "went at DID it" ???? 2mo
Melissa_J My favourite bad review of all time is for Sharon Kay Penman‘s book Here Be Dragons, which is historical fiction about Wales. The reviewer gave the book a bad rating because they were upset there were no actual dragons in the book! @TrishB 2mo
TrishB @Melissa_J I love that one! 2mo
Megabooks @TrishB nice!! I love it when authors have a sense of humor! 2mo
Megabooks @SaturnDoo 😂😂😂 2mo
Megabooks @Melissa_J Yes!! The name is maybe misleading, but you think the the person would read the blurb! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 2mo
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Megabooks
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#currentlyreading and enjoying all three! It feels good to finally be better from my endoscopy, and out of that slump!

Used the days between #BFC and #BFCr2 to get a Dole Whip and cheeseburger at a local drive-in, but I didn‘t think to take a picture! 😋😋🤦🏻‍♀️

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glitterkitty459
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#GoodReadsgiveaway #giveawaywinner !! 🎉
Haven't won one of these in forever! I've seen good reviews of this book- can't wait to start it 😸📚
#catsoflitsy

Jee_HookedOnBookz Congrats and enjoy! 2mo
JenReadsAlot I really liked it! 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘d good!! 2mo
booksandsympathy Beautiful kitty! 😍 2mo
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jen_the_scribe
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My mother works at a hotel and somehow ends up being given used books from her coworkers and guests. She's not much of a reader so she gives them all to me. Normally I end up donating them because they're almost always books I'm not very interested in. Nothing against those who love a good romance novel, it's just not my forte. But this one was a great find on my mother's part! I've heard great things. Thanks mom! Lol.

LeeRHarry Thought this one was great! 😊 2mo
jen_the_scribe @LeeRHarry Good to know! 😊 2mo
Pruzy Wow, always inspiring to know someone is reading literary fiction while staying at a hotel! 2mo
jen_the_scribe @Pruzy Gives me faith in humanity! Lol 2mo
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quietjenn
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Missed my train. Bought a book. Those are the rules, no?

Eyelit That tracks 😄 2mo
Bookwormjillk Absolutely 2mo
Pruzy I think any downtime is an excuse to buy a book! 2mo
Nute Right on! 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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So many great quotes in this book.

Cathythoughts I have this one in #hibernation .. keep thinking I must get back to it ♥️👍🏻 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This was just marvelous. Sort of heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The writing is fantastic, the dialogue just perfect, and the parallel story lines compliment each other beautifully.

I have so many feelings and there‘s too much to say. This is definitely the best book I‘ve read so far this year and I was completely swept up in the lives of these people. What a moving, funny, engrossing book. Loved it.

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LadyCait84
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A difficult topic handled with meticulous care and the most human of touches, this novel not only shows more of the true and tragic circumstances of the 80s AIDS epidemic than any other literary work I know, but it also broaches the universally applicable question of what happens to those left behind by trauma, long after it‘s all “over?”

LeeRHarry Top pick for me last year 😊 2mo
Lcsmcat I heard her speak at a book festival and she‘s fascinating. 2mo
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cdreincarnate
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Ah, Sundays. 📖🐶

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cdreincarnate
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This book is so spot on that, at times, it‘s eerie.

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Julsmarshall
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Entry for the #bookfitnesschallenge Week 4 Optional Photo Challenge. To me, the bouquet matches the #audiobook cover of The Great Believers, my favorite so far. #bfc @wanderinglynn

stacybmartin Beautiful flowers! 😍 3mo
BookwormAHN Lovely flowers 💐 3mo
readordierachel Gorgeous! 3mo
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LadyCait84
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This book has already proven it packs some emotional sting, and I am not half finished. Not the easiest pick for Pride month, but an important story of facts (the magnitude, the terror, of the AIDS epidemic in ‘80s Chicago), surrounded by fictional characters who feel real.

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Lindy
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How tidy it is that my reading total this month matches the number of days in May. 5-star reads include the tagged book, Ghost Wall, Friday Black, My Sister the Serial Killer, Hammer Head, Bloom, Adulthood Is a Myth and What the Eyes Don't See. 😎

Emilymdxn Great stats! 3mo
Lindy @Emilymdxn I see that you are a heavy reader too. 😀 3mo
TrishB Cool stats 👍🏻 3mo
Lindy @TrishB Thanks. 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Wow 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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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 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s on my want list !! Just waiting for the softcover version 3mo
TrishB I loved this 💕 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. It really hurt and touched my heart—one of my 2018 favorites. 3mo
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 😘😘 3mo
Lola @Cinfhen 👍🏻If you come to Chicago, I‘ll take you to the some of the places mentioned in the book 😘 3mo
Cinfhen Deal @Lola 👊🏽 3mo
Lindy I enjoyed both the past and the present timelines. The effects of loss can continue for decades and Makkah's portrayal of that is one of this novel's strengths. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Okay I have this on my Kindle and was debating whether to start it but I think I have to now. 3mo
Kalalalatja @Lindy for me, the present timeline got a bit too “we have to solve a mystery”-ish for me, but I did like how Makkai showed how loss isn‘t just something you move on from, it stays with you in ways you can imagine 3mo
Kalalalatja @ephemeralwaltz it is definitely worth it! I say go for it 👍 3mo
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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 👍🏻 3mo
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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! 3mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts on the book ♥️👍🏻 3mo
JennyM Perfect! 3mo
TrishB Hope you‘re enjoying the book ❤️ 3mo
Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts @TrishBelize definitely more interested in the parts set in the 1980s than the later chapters. But it is really good so far 👌 3mo
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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! 🤩 3mo
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jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy! 3mo
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. 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 2mo
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 2mo
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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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Julsmarshall
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Amazing! This book is powerful and moving but manages to be spare and lyrical at the same time. An important story told perfectly. I loved the back and forth between the 1980s-1990s and 2015. I remember this time so vividly but the perspective is so much different now from when I was a young adult. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

BookwormAHN Nice choice 👏🏻 3mo
wanderinglynn Sounds like a powerful story. And good progress on your book goal! 🙌🏻 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Loved this one!! 3mo
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Bookwormjillk Sounds like a good one! 3mo
Ireadkidlit If Julie likes it, I‘ll like it 3mo
Caterina Oh I've been meaning to read this one. Glad you enjoyed it! 3mo
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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. 3mo
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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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Julsmarshall
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Loving this book! Great on audio 😄 I haven‘t been great about posting, my daughter graduates high school in a week and we‘ve had events or prep work to do for events every night! Managing to get some steps in though as I can. Special but busy time. #bfc @wanderinglynn

Ash.on.the.line 👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
wanderinglynn Congrats to your daughter! 👏🏻 And way to go getting steps! 🙌🏻 3mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 3mo
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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) 3mo
Jason7 Yes. Definitely more of a slow burn. Reminded me of A Little Life at moments. I think it will probably win The Pulitzer. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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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 3mo
Megabooks I really want this from the library! Have you finished it yet? 3mo
Kalalalatja @Megabooks not yet, but I hope to finish it this weekend 🤞 3mo
Megabooks @Kalalalatja looking forward to your review!! Good luck. 👍🏻 3mo
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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... 3mo
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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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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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Julsmarshall
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2 mile walk in the sunshine, i could have walked more but the dog was done 😂 My audiobook is an 18 hour one, so I‘ll be listening for quite awhile but it is fantastic and the walk felt so good so i don‘t mind! #bfc @wanderinglynn

TheSpineView Good job! 3mo
Tamra Good for you & pup! 3mo
Kimzey Beautiful GSP! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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#bfc Managed to hit my step goal despite a rainy, chilly day. Enjoying the audiobook too! @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 3mo
Kaye Good job 👍🏼 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I LOVED this book! 3mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 3mo
BethM Good job and adorable pup! 3mo
therealdealbeall Cute doggo! 😍 I want to read that book. 3mo
Tamra Sweet face! 3mo
Bookwormjillk Great job! 3mo
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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.

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Reggie Have you ever read And The Band Played On, Lindy? 3mo
Lindy @Reggie It‘s been on my TBR for decades, but I keep thinking it will make me too sad. 3mo
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) 3mo
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Reggie It‘s a chunkster but it‘s so good. It‘ll definitely make you angry. 3mo
Lindy @Fridameetslucy I can understand that. I feel sorrow just thinking about it. 3mo
Lindy @Reggie I remember being so angry at the time. Do I want to get angry all over again? 3mo
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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. 3mo
Lindy @AmyG 😁👍 3mo
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. 3mo
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Pricel101 It was released on Scribd this week can‘t wait to read it! 3mo
Megabooks I need to read this!! 3mo
Lindy @suzisteffen Oh, yes. So many emotions. ❤️ 3mo
Lindy @Pricel101 Excellent! 3mo
Lindy @Megabooks 😊👍 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I loved this one so much too. 3mo
Lindy @TrishB 😊👯‍♀️ 3mo
LauraBytheBook I‘m listening to this audiobook right now. Very good so far! 3mo
Lindy @LauraBytheBook 😁👍 3mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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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. 🤗 4mo
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 ?? 😉 4mo
KatieDid927 Yay! 4mo
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ScientistSam It was lovely to meet you and everyone else (and see a few folks I knew)! 4mo
Amiable So glad I was able to make this one and meet you all IRL! 🙂 4mo
kspenmoll So sorry to miss you all! Next time! 4mo
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! 4mo
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! 4mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll Count me in! I‘m down for any of those places. (edited) 4mo
mcipher I‘m so glad you all had fun! I will definitely try to make it next time!! 4mo
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 😊 3mo
mrozzz Possibly! I was thinking of going up to Boston that weekend. Nothing in stone yet. @CareBear (edited) 3mo
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! 3mo
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. 3mo
CareBear @Ncostell @mrozzz @kspenmoll I can do 6/15 too if that works better for everyone 3mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll 6/15 is my daughter‘s dance recital, so I can‘t make that date unfortunately. 3mo
CareBear Ok but 6/8 works Nicole? @Ncostell 3mo
CareBear @Ncostell @kspenmoll @mrozzz I have all your numbers, would you guys mind if I group texted you? Might be easier. 3mo
Ncostell @CareBear. Texting is definitely easier 3mo
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! 3mo
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 3mo
kspenmoll @mrozzz Congratulations on your🎉🎉🎊🎊 marriage!!! 3mo
mrozzz 💝 💝 💝 @kspenmoll 3mo
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Lindy
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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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 4mo
Lindy @SamAnne 😊👍 4mo
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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 💜🤣 4mo
Lindy @Jennick2004 There‘s beauty everywhere. 😊 4mo
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Lindy
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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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. 4mo
Andrea4 Also love old wedding photos!! 4mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful photograph! 4mo
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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 💜 4mo
Lindy @TrishB 😁 4mo
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Lindy
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Another day of not #audiogardening. I will be #audioknitting instead.

Cathythoughts I love the snow ❄️ 4mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Me too, but it‘s getting old. I‘m getting impatient for spring. 4mo
Cathythoughts I get it 👍🏻😘 4mo
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Cathythoughts We just never ever see snow 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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. 4mo
Cathythoughts Oh ! Enjoy 😉 😊 4mo
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