The Great Believers Background

The Great Believers Background

Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers (2018) explores the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. The novel follows a woman named Yale Tishman, who works at an art gallery and is on the cusp of bringing a collection of extraordinary 1920s paintings into the museum. However, at the same time, AIDS starts to effect everyone in her life -- friends and family included. After a while, the only person left in her life is Fiona, one of her friends' sisters (whom the novel also follows).

Many love Makkai's book. When it was released, it received critical acclaim. Users on Amazon gave the book a spectacular rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Users on Goodreads rated the book 4.24 out of 5 stars. Michael Cunningham of the New York Times wrote: "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…An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.” The novel was also nominated for several awards, including the National Book Awards, Carnegie Medal, and perhaps most importantly, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Amy Poehler has optioned The Great Believers to be made into a TV series. No release has thus far been announced.

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