Makkai has achieved something remarkable with this book - mixing the HIV epidemic of the 80s in Chicago with art, 2015 Paris, love, loss, and how this pervasive disease shaped not only those directly affected by the disease, but also all of those around them for decades to come. This was a finalist for the National Book Award, and one of the best books of 2018 (hands down)— Rebecca
This is a beautifully told story about the AIDS epidemic in Chicago's 'Boystown' in the 1980's. It's an absorbing, emotional, and riveting story of loss, betrayal, friendship and survival. Very touching, I loved it!— Kimberly
About the Author
Rebecca Makkai is the author of The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, and Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Harper's, and Tin House, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.