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Book Launch Party: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

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Women & Children First

5233 North Clark Street

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Join us as we celebrate the launch of one of the most highly anticipated novels of 2018!

THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai is a dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic circles closer and closer to Yale himself.

Thirty years later, Fiona--the little sister of Yale's friend Nico--is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

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.

For this event, Rebecca will be in conversation with Owen Keehnen. Owen Keehnen is a Chicago-based author, editor, activist, and LGBT historian. His articles have appeared in The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review and the New York Native among others. He was a contributor to Gay Press, Gay Power and wrote ten biographical essays for Out and Proud in Chicago. Keehnen is co-founder and senior biographer of The Legacy Project--a program focused on pride, acceptance, and bringing proper recognition to LGBT people throughout history. He has served on the board of Chicago’s Gerber/Hart Library. In 2011 he was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.

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