The Daily Beast named The Borrower one of three “must read novels” and gave it a lovely review, saying that “this comical and touching book strikes a nice balance between literary artistry and gripping storytelling, and offers a contemporary take on the classic ‘journey of discovery.’” Read more here.
- WBEZ Chicago’s “848” reviews The Borrower
“Charming, funny, original, thought-provoking, and moving, Rebecca Makkai’s The Borrower embraces outsiders and dissenters, and celebrates the power of our imagination and our empathy. This warmly entertaining, picaresque novel in praise of personal freedom and books leaves us marveling over literature’s magnificent paradox: that in fiction dwells profound truth.” Read more
Three readings coming up on the east coast:
Tuesday, July 12th, 6:00 at the Boston Public Library, along with author Laura Harrington
Wednesday, July 13th, 7:30 at the Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, Ripton, VT, along with author Tracy Winn (Open to the public, but leave extra time to find the place.)
Friday, July 15th, 7:00 at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT
Come one, come all! Also accepting roadie applications.
In response to some questions I’ve gotten about the reading lists mentioned at the end of The Borrower, I decided to post my recommended reading for LGBT teens as a video for the It Gets Better Project. Click through here to watch the video on You Tube, and please comment with your own recommendations!
A lovely review of The Borrower and a brief conversation with me are up on the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy (their arts and entertainment blog). As a side note, I love that Rupert Murdoch has now inadvertently paid twice to publicize my rather liberal novel.