Rebecca Makkai’s ‘The Great Believers’: An empathic novel worthy of the Heartland Prize

By Elizabeth Taylor | 2019-10-12 | including 1 item |
The Chicago Tribune’s 2019 Heartland Prize Fiction will be awarded on Sunday, Oct. 27, to Rebecca Makkai for her novel, “The Great Believers.” An appreciation of the book follows. Rebecca Makkai’s “The Great Believers,” an artfully written and highly empathic novel, segues between Chicago in the early days of the AIDS crisis and contemporary Paris where a mother searches for her estranged daughter. In her intricately structured book, Makkai captures how trauma manifests itself and shapes those who survive.