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Starred Review in Booklist

booklistThe Hundred-Year House has received a lovely starred review in Booklist, which you can read here. From the review: “…Such close quarters provide the perfect setup for farce and scandal, and Makkai choreographs both in a dazzling plot spiked with secrets and betrayals hilarious and dire. Her offbeat characters and suspenseful story could have added up to a stylish romp. Instead, Makkai offers that and much more as she stealthily investigates the complexities of ambition, sexism, violence, creativity, and love in this diverting yet richly dimensional novel”

Posted in News, Reviews on May 31 2014· Tagged: , , ,

The Rumpus reviews The Borrower

The Rumpus gives The Borrower a rave review in the regular column “The Last Book I Loved.” Read Melissa Pilakowski’s complete review here.

Posted in Reviews on November 8 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: , , ,

Marie Claire Reviews The Borrower

The Borrower’s out-and-out charm is heightened by its furious, righteous heart and conviction that books offer salvation and hope when life is messy and near-unbearable.” Read more.

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

The Washington Times Praises The Borrower

“With The Borrower, Rebecca Makkai brings the world of literary aficionados a treasure.” Read more.

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

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: , , ,

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: , ,

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: , ,

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