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The Borrower Book Tour Dates

I’ll be promoting the paperback of The Borrower this summer (2012) with readings and signings. I’m also available to visit and Skype with book clubs! Public readings are as follows:

Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 — The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL (Paperback Launch!)

Wednesday, May 30th, 7:00 — Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI

Friday, June 8th, 7:00 — Frugal Muse Bookstore, Darien, IL (part of Girls’ Night Out for the Darien Mall, though I don’t think men would be shunned)

Tuesday, June 12th, 6:30 — Carnegie Public Library, Angola, IN

Wednesday, June 13th — Books & Co., Dayton, OH (details to come)

Thursday, June 14th, 7:00 — Hudson, OH Public Library, book sales by The Learned Owl

Saturday, June 16h — Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT (with Leslie Daniels; also with wine and food!)

Tuesday, July 24th, 7:00 — Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH

Wednesday, July 25th, 6:00 — Maine Coast Bookshop, Daramascotta, ME

Thursday, July 26th, 7:00 — Longfellow Books, Portland, ME

Tuesday, Septemeber 4th, 7:00 — Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville, IL (6:30 Book Club, 7:00 Reading)

Date TBA, fall 2012 — Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park, IL

Posted in News on May 14 2012· Tagged:

Flavorwire Names The Borrower a top debut of 2011

Flavorwire named The Borrower one of the top ten debuts of 2011, saying it is “filled with lovely but unsentimental writing — something of a feat considering the material.” Read the full writeup here!

Posted in News, Reviews on February 10 2012· Tagged: , ,

Long Island Press names Borrower one of Five Best Books of 2011

Long Island Press has generously listed The Borrower as one of the top five books of 2011, calling it “charming and un-put-downable.” (It’s true that Ian is 3% more charming when you read his dialogue in a Brooklyn accent.)

Posted in News on January 13 2012· Tagged: ,

Chicago Magazine’s Best Chicago Fiction of 2011

Chicago Magazine has chosen The Borrower as one of the four best works of Chicago fiction of 2011. Remarkably, its author was overlooked yet again for both the Best New Chef and Best Doctor lists, so this will have to suffice.

Posted in News, Reviews on December 6 2011· Tagged: , ,

The Borrower named one of Booklist’s top ten debuts

Booklist‘s new issue (out October 15th) names The Borrower as one of the top ten debuts of the past year (and has borrowed Lucy’s car for their nifty heading graphic)! See the full list online here.

Posted in News, Reviews on October 16 2011· Tagged: , ,

Story in Best American ’11 Praised in Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reviews The Best American Short Stories 2011, singling out my contribution (a story that originally appeared in Tin House).

From the review: ‘In “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart,’’ one of the best in the collection, Makkai draws comparisons between the deteriorating artistic world and her characters’ lives. Drew and actor Peter have been friends since childhood; when Peter’s life degenerates, Drew risks his career to help him. Makkai’s stories have been included in “BASS’’ four consecutive years.’

Read more here.

Posted in News, Reviews on October 16 2011· Tagged: , , , , ,

Rebecca’s work in BASS ’11 singled out for raves by Chicago Tribune

The Best American Short Stories 2011 is finally out, and the Chicago Tribune put this ridiculously nice spotlight on my story “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart.” From the review: “It’s easy to see why editors love her work: It’s crisply written and fast-moving, with plenty of nifty observational details. But there is also an underlying seriousness, a thoughtful and sometimes even heartbreaking moral core.” Buy the entire collection here — it looks fabulous this year!

Posted in News, Reviews on October 2 2011· Tagged: , , , ,

The Borrower gets a rave review in the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail praises The Borrower following UK publication by Random House in mid-July, saying, “This astonishingly assured novel knows precisely where it’s heading, even if the two fugitives don’t. By the epilogue, the reader is left breathless with the hope that Lucy and Ian will find a happy ending.”  Read more here, and check out my very cool red and white UK cover!

Posted in News, Reviews on August 15 2011· Tagged: , , , ,

Review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Plain Dealer praises The Borrower, saying “Makkai has managed to create a novel that is funny, insightful and full of righteous anger.” Read the full review here.

Posted in News, Reviews on August 15 2011· Tagged: , , ,

Rebecca Interviewed by WGN’s Steve Bertrand

Click here for my Steve Bertrand on Books interview, wherein I discuss pathological lying, Ian’s future cameos, and whether God cares about short stories.

Posted in News, Videos on August 15 2011· Tagged: , ,

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