INCREDIBLE HARDCOVER RECEPTION: The Great Believers has been postively and widely reviewed across major media outlets including The New York Times Book Review in a front page review by Michael Cunningham, People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. She was shortlisted for the National Book Award, and won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Stonewall Book Award. The Great Believers was on a number of best of the year lists, including The New York Times Selection for Best 10 Books of the Year.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Rebecca Makkai’s debut novel, The Borrower, received glowing reviews. It was named an IndieNext pick, an O Magazine Summer Reading selection, and a Booklist Top Ten Debut. Her second novel, The Hundred-Year House received major review attention. It was chosen by People magazine as one of its “Best New Books,” by Oprah.com as one of “6 Dazzling New Beach Reads,” and by the Huffington Post as “The Book We’re Talking About.” Her short story collection, Music for Wartime, was named a “Must-Read” by O Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, and more.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR TELEVISION EVENT: The Great Believers has been optioned by Amy Poehler.
HUGELY PROMOTABLE HOUSE AUTHOR: She’s beloved by readers, booksellers, critics, and everyone in-house who’s had a chance to meet her. This is Rebecca’s third novel, and gives us our best opportunity yet to break her out as a star house author.
Praise for The Great Believers:
“Stirring, spellbinding and full of life.”—Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife
“Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers is a page turner…among the first novels to chronicle the AIDS epidemic from its initial outbreak to the present—among the first to convey the terrors and tragedies of the epidemic’s early years as well as its course and repercussions…An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.”—Michael Cunningham, The New York Times Book Review
“Makkai knits themes of loss, betrayal, friendship and survival into a powerful story of people struggling to keep their humanity in dire circumstances.”—People Magazine
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