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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Fleet (5 July 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708899137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708899137
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stirring, spellbinding and full of life (Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife)

This expansive, huge-hearted novel conveys the scale of the trauma that was the early AIDS crisis, and conveys, too, the scale of the anger and love that rose up to meet it. Makkai shows us characters who are devastated but not defeated, who remain devoted, in the face of death, to friendship and desire and joyful, irrepressible life. I loved this book (Garth Greenwell author of What Belongs to You)

The Great Believers is by turns funny, harrowing, tender, devastating, and always hugely suspenseful. It reminds us, poignantly, of how many people, mostly young, often brilliant, were lost to the AIDS epidemic, and of how those who survived were marked by that struggle. This is Rebecca Makkai at the height of her powers (Margot Livesy, New York Times bestselling author of Mercury)

Well imagined, intricately plotted, and deeply felt, both humane and human (Rabih Alameddine, author of The Angel of History and An Unnecessary Woman)

Makkai has created a moving story about Chicago and Paris, the past and present, the young men lost to AIDS and the ones who survived. And just as her novel evokes art's power to commemorate the departed, The Great Believers is itself a poignant work of memoir (Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Sympathizer)

Time is a healer and a heartbreaker in Makkai's brilliant and beautiful novel. The Great Believers kept me hoping and guessing, heart in hand, until the very last page (Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell the Wolves I'm Home)

Sure to become a classic Chicago novel . . . a deft, harrowing novel that's as beautiful as its cover (Chicago Review of Books)

Makkai's rich portraits of an array of big personalities and her affecting depiction of random, horrific death faced with varying degrees of gallantry make this tender, keening novel an impressive act of imaginative empathy. As compulsively readable as it is thoughtful and moving: an unbeatable fictional combination (Kirkus)

Makkai creates a powerful, unforgettable meditation, not on death, but rather on the power and gift of life. This novel will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of readers (Publishers Weekly)

an antidote to our general urge to forget what we'd rather not remember, but it's also - which is more important - an absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it's like to live during times of crisis (Michael Cunningham New York Times)

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A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

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