The Borrower named a “must read novel” by The Daily Beast

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.

Posted in News, Reviews on July 21 2011· Tagged: , , ,

“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

- WBEZ Chicago’s “848” reviews The Borrower

Posted in News, Reviews on July 20 2011· Tagged: , , ,

Reading in Milwaukee, 7/20

I will be reading at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 20th. My last reading for a few weeks…

Posted in News on July 20 2011· Tagged: , , , ,

East coast tour dates (Boston and Vermont), week of July 11th!

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.

Posted in News on July 11 2011· Tagged: , , ,

Huffington Post Cites The Borrower’s Cover as one of year’s best →

The Huffington Post highlighted The Borrower‘s cover, original art by the amazingly talented Josh Cochran, as one of the year’s best. I wholeheartedly agree!

Posted in News on July 11 2011· Tagged: ,

Rebecca Makkai on It Gets Better

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!

Posted in News, Videos on June 25 2011· Tagged: , ,

The Borrower Praised in Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune lauds The Borrower in a full review on June 22nd, calling it a “bracingly tough-minded tale,” “wonderfully nuanced,” and “poignant.”

Posted in News, Reviews on June 23 2011· Tagged: , ,

Conversation and Review at Wall Street Journal Speakeasy

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.

Posted in Interviews, News, Reviews on June 19 2011· Tagged: , ,

Boston Globe Pick of the Week!

The Sunday (6/19/11) issue of the Boston Globe names The Borrower as its Pick of the Week!


Posted in News, Reviews on June 19 2011· Tagged: , ,

The Borrower on Oprah’s Summer Reading List

Oprah has included The Borrower on her 2011 Summer Reading List! (Jonathan Franzen was unavailable for comment.)

Posted in News on June 16 2011· Tagged: ,

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