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The Great Believers: Interviews and Reviews

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Interviews with Rebecca Makkai

An interview by the Chicago Review of Books discussing The Great Believers and Makkai's decision  to write about the AIDS crisis. 

https://chireviewofbooks.com/2018/06/19/great-believers-rebecca-makkai-interview/


An interview from Fiction Writers Review  discussing Makkai's research, her approach to narration and plot, and her choice to include Chicago and Paris within the narrative to complete her novel.

https://fictionwritersreview.com/interview/part-of-a-bigger-conversation-an-interview-with-rebecca-makkai/


An interview with Makkai from Boston public radio station WBUR.

Reviews of The Great Believers

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 in The New York Times Book Review
 

“Symphonic… The Great Believers soars… magnificent… Makkai has full command of her multi-generational perspective, and by its end, The Great Believers offers a grand fusion of the past and the present, the public and the personal. It’s remarkably alive despite all the loss it encompasses. And it’s right on target in addressing how the things that the world throws us feel gratuitously out of step with the lives we think we’re leading.”The Chicago Tribune

“Deeply moving…Makkai does an excellent job of capturing the jaded, ironic and affectionately jibing small talk of a group of cultured gay friends in the Reagan era…[Captures] a group of friends in a particular time and place with humor and compassion. Conversations among her gay male characters feel very real — not too flamboyant, not too serious, always morbidly witty. It’s hard not to get drawn into this circle of promising young men as they face their brutally premature extinction.”—Newsday

“At turns heartbreaking and hopeful, the novel brings the first years of the AIDS epidemic into very immediate view, in a manner that will seem nostalgic to some and revelatory to others…Makkai’s sweeping fourth novel shows the compassion of chosen families and the tension and distance that can exist in our birth ones.”Library Journal