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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

THE GREAT BELIEVERS  by Rebecca Makkai 


Chicago 1985. Yale Tishman and his friends have no idea that their lives are about to be devastated by the AIDS crisis. Yale works as a development director at an art gallery and his career is thriving. His British partner, Charlie, is the successful publisher of an influential gay publication. Yale and Charlie have a busy and fulfilled life, full of strong friendships but as the decade unfolds and the virus claims the lives of more of their friends, they find themselves becoming spokespeople, activists, comforters, victims and destroyers. 
In 2015, Fiona, the younger sister of Yale's good friend Nico, is now in her fifties and in Paris searching for her estranged adult daughter, Claire. Whilst there, Fiona connects with someone from that fraught time in Chicago and comes to realise that what seemed like a moment of crisis is still making itself felt thirty years later. 
The Great Believers is a long novel but one that is beautifully written and…

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