The Rebeccas - Rebekah Frumkin & Rebecca Makkai


It's no secret we are a fan of Rebeccas here at Volumes. We have Rebecca (Owner) Rebecca (Barista/Bookseller) & Rivka (Barista/Bookseller). When we heard Rebekah Frumkin's book was forthcoming, we knew what we had to do. So...we give you the first in a new series called THE REBECCAS with debut (and local Chicagoan) Rebekah Frumkin with her incredible book THE COMEDOWN in conversation with Rebecca Makkai, whose forthcoming new novel THE GREAT BELIEVERS is out in June 2018!


About Rebecca Frumkin: She is a writer based in Chicago. She also teaches writing and literature at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Her fiction, nonfiction, and journalism have appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, Pacific Standard, McSweeney’s, Catapult, and the Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism. She is the recipient of the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Grant and the Meta Rosenberg Fellowship for her fiction.She has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa and currently teaches creative writing at Open Books in Chicago. She also works as a freelance reporter for the Social Justice News Nexus and In These Times.


About Rebecca Makkai: She is the Chicago-based author of the short story collection Music for Wartime, which appeared in 2015, and of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculty at Sierra Nevada college and has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Tin House, and Northwestern University. Her forthcoming novel THE GREAT BELIEVERS, about the 80s AIDS epidemic set in Chicago, is out in June 2018.


ABOUT THE BOOK: A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful night.


A blistering dark comedy, Rebekah Frumkin's The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades, that explores delineating lines of race, class, religion, and time.


Scrappy, street smart drug dealer Reggie Marshall has never liked the simpering addict Leland Bloom-Mittwoch, which doesn’t stop Leland from looking up to Reggie with puppy-esque devotion. But when a drug deal goes dramatically, tragically wrong and a suitcase (which may or may not contain a quarter of a million dollars) disappears, the two men and their families become hopelessly entangled. It’s a mistake that sets in motion a series of events that are odd, captivating, suspenseful, and ultimately inevitable.


Both incendiary and earnest, The Comedown steadfastly catalogs the tangled messes the characters make of their lives, never losing sight of the beauty and power of each family member’s capacity for love, be it for money, drugs, or each other.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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The Comedown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250127525
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 17th, 2018

The Great Believers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018