‘The Great Believers’ : An epic tale by two narrators on the effects of the AIDS crisis


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“The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai as narrated by Michael Crouch – This is an epic tale told by two narrators, Yale and Fiona. Yale’s tale takes place in Chicago in the 1980s at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. And, Fiona’s story takes place in Paris in the 2010s. These are two fascinating stories that at first seem to have little in common, but both describe the effects of the AIDS crisis. Yale’s life is filled with funerals and loss, including Nico, Fiona’s brother. Yale is also trying to acquire an art collection from Fiona’s aunt, which provides some great stories. Fiona is a survivor of the AIDS crisis. She did not have the disease but she spent much of her early life caring for those who did, putting her life on hold to do so. Makkai is a great writer and her book is up for numerous awards. She shows the effects of the AIDS crisis both short term and long term. “The Great Believers” is available in many formats, but remember to have a tissue handy.

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Scott Clonan, Branch Manager, Sunrise Library