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Rebecca Makkai

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Rebecca Makkai is an author, based in the Chicago area. She holds as MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and a BA from Washington and Lee University. She was an elementary Montessori teacher for twelve years before becoming a writer. She is on the MFA faculties of Sierra visa mer Nevada College and Northwestern University. And she is the Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. She has had her short fiction published in such anthologies as The Pushcart Prize XLI, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Fantasy. She has a short story collection entitled Music for Wartime. She won the 2017 Pushcart prize for short fiction. Her first novel was entitled The Borrower. Her other novels include The Hundred-Year House and The Great Believers. She won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for fiction with her novel, The Great Believers. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers (2018) 1,864 exemplar
The Borrower (2011) 1,261 exemplar
I Have Some Questions for You (2023) 913 exemplar
The Hundred-Year House (2014) 613 exemplar
Music for Wartime: Stories (2015) 176 exemplar
Longe da Terra (Portuguese) (2012) 2 exemplar
The Briefcase 1 exemplar
Between the Covers: A Bookstore Erotica Anthology (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar
Ingen titel 1 exemplar

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The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 560 exemplar
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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 359 exemplar
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The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 337 exemplar
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 108 exemplar
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Skokie, Illinois, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Washington and Lee University (BA)
Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English)
Kort biografi
Rebecca Makkai (born April 20, 1978) is an American novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, The Borrower, was released in June 2011. It was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection, and one of Chicago Magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011. It was translated into seven languages. Her short stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and as well as in ″The Best American Nonrequired Reading″" 2009 and 2016; she received a 2017 Pushcart Prize and a 2014 NEA fellowship. Her fiction has also appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, New England Review, and Shenandoah. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harpers and on and the New Yorker website. Makkai's stories have also been featured on Public Radio International's Selected Shorts and This American Life. Her second novel, The Hundred-Year House, is set in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, and was published by Viking/Penguin in July 2014, having received starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. It won the 2015 Novel of the Year award from the Chicago Writers Association and was named a best book of 2014 by BookPage. Her short story collection, Music for Wartime, was published by Viking in June 2015. A starred and featured review in Publishers Weekly said, "Though these stories alternate in time between WWII and the present day, they all are set, as described in the story “Exposition,” within “the borders of the human heart”—a terrain that their author maps uncommonly well.” The Kansas City Star wrote that "if any short story writer can be considered a rock star of the genre, it's Rebecca Makkai."

Her novel about the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago, titled The Great Believers was published by Viking/Penguin Random House in June 2018. The Great Believers won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and won the LA Times Book Prize, the ALA Stonewall Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award.



The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai - Jun 2011 LTER i Reviews of Early Reviewers Books (oktober 2011)


I'll be honest and say that at first I was a bit skeptical of this book. My public library listed this among the many female authors to-be-read and I took a chance and checked it out. The summary of this book does it not justice, because by then end I was relatively pleased at the way the book had ended.

However, I give it four stars out of five because I feel that some of the characters in the book were underdeveloped and fell short of intriguing. I speak mainly of the first part of the book, which ironically was the longest part of the book. Half way through the book, I found myself looking at the different reviews this book received--and I find that I've been doing that a lot lately with books I check out at the library--and now have to agree with some of those who stated that everything except for part 1 would have made a better story and should have been more developed. I would have to say that part 3 was my favorite of the book because this is the part where the story really comes to life and that you fee like you're spying the lives of those living in this 100 year old house.

I will say this, I thought it clever the way the author portrayed the story-line. Any doubts I had before, or any missing pieces I had encountered in previous chapters, made sense in the end. And that is a wonderful feeling.

I want to be clear and say that it is a good read, and that it does merit being read. And it does take a lot of talent to write. Period. So, I do feel that Rebecca Makkai should take pride in her work.
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KrabbyPattyCakes | 42 andra recensioner | Dec 3, 2023 |
I'm sobbing, because this is a beautiful but sad illumination of the era - and some of the plot hit a bit close to home in terms of lived experience. Highly recommend...
decaturmamaof2 | 106 andra recensioner | Nov 22, 2023 |
Chicago 1985. Aids greift um sich und einer nach dem anderen sterben schwule Männer, die ihr Leben noch vor sich gehabt hätten.
Eine der Hauptfiguren ist Yale, der als Kunstexperte an eine fantastische Sammlung gerät. Die alte Dame Nora, der die Sammlung gehört, war einst Künstlerin, Modell und Muse. Sie empfindet die Ähnlichkeit ihrer, der Lost Generation mit der sterbenden Generation der Gegenwart. Ein weiterer Handlungsstrang spielt im Paris von 2015. Fiona, die 1985 mit der Chicagoer Clique befreundet war, ist nun Anfang 50 und sucht in Paris ihre Tochter. Gleichzeitig besucht sie Richard, der als Fotograf berühmt ist und eine große Ausstellung hat, mit Fotos aus dem Chicago der 1980er.
Ich mochte das Buch sehr. Die Menschen wachsen einem ans Herz, man versteht gut, wie es war, zu kurz zu leben, das viele Sterben. Aber auch wie es war zu überleben. Das Buch ist ergreifend und wirklich wunderbar.
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Wassilissa | 106 andra recensioner | Nov 22, 2023 |

Rebecca Makkai - I Have Some Questions For You: Even if you’re not a true crime aficionado (like me), this is important for how Makkai frames that within the Me Too (and prior) movement. #cursorybookreviews #cursoryreviews
khage | 47 andra recensioner | Nov 5, 2023 |



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