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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Historical fiction

The Great Believers

by Rebecca Makkai

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An intimate story about the 1980s AIDS epidemic, covering the lives (and loves) that were won and lost.

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  • Social issues

  • LGBTQ+ friendly

  • Sad

  • Critically acclaimed


In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to...
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