Praise for The Great Believers

The Great Believers is a magnificent novel—well imagined, intricately plotted, and deeply felt, both humane and human. It unfurls like a peony: you keep thinking it can’t get any more perfect, and it does. A stunning feat.”
– Rabih Alameddine, author of
The Angel of History and Koolaids: The Art of War

“Stirring, spellbinding, and full of life.”
—Tea Obreht, author of
The Tiger’s Wife

“In the remarkable The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai conjures up a time as startling as a dream and, in its extremity, achingly familiar to us now, close enough to hold. A tender, sly, immersive, irreverent, life force of a book.”
—Paul Lisicky, author of
The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship

“Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers has stolen my heart. Crossing decades and lives, love and loss, art, and the long lasting legacy of AIDS, the novel is a brilliant triumph of empathy and intimacy between friends.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of 
The Small Backs of Children

“The Great Believers is by turns funny, harrowing, tender, devasting, and always hugely suspenseful.  It reminds us, poignantly, of how many people, mostly young, often brilliant, were lost to the AIDS epidemic, and of how those who survived were marked by that struggle.  Rebecca Makkai is a wonderfully empathetic writer and this novel shows her at the height of her powers.”
—Margot Livesey,
New York Times bestselling author of Mercury 

The Great Believers is a sprawling, wildly ambitious novel.  Rebecca Makkai brings to life a large cast of characters, and weaves together the threads of her storyline with the ease and authority of a skilled magician. But in the end, what makes this novel such a rousing success is the emotional truthfulness of her characters and the way she captures the panic and rage of the period. I came to feel I knew these people, and was moved by the dilemmas and difficult choices they had to face.”
—Stephen McCauley, author of 
My Ex-Life

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