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WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

WINNER OF THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD - BARBARA GITTINGS LITERATURE AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE LA TIMES FICTION AWARD

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing 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 grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister.
 

Thirty years later, Fiona 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 epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.

©2019 Rebecca Makkai (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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"Stirring, spellbinding and full of life." (Téa Obreht, New York Times best-selling author of The Tiger's Wife)

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A pandemic that was easier for many to ignore

After watching “Its a sin” on channel four, i found myself downloading this novel to remember more about this time period and the Hiv / AIDS crisis. Set in the US this novel perhaps did not have the same cultural resonance for me of the UK based Russell T Davies production, but it was still a very powerful portrayal of the devastating consequences a terrible disease can have on an entire community.
Well written characters, engaging, and interesting, whose lives were changed forever by a Hiv and AIDS.
In the face of Covid we have seen Governments pull out all the stops to help develop preventative strategies and vaccinations. It contrasts painfully with the relative lack of ‘official’ response to AIDS and HIV in the early days and the terrible prejudice that surrounded the disease. This is a moving book, one that will stay with you long after the last chapter has finished playing.

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Highly recommended

I loved this book, being born in 86 I didn't know much of the Aids crisis part from little bit. This book brought it to life and the male characters are family. Fiona story I was less interested in however enjoyed the ending.

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Very good

This is not the book I thought I would enjoy buy it was in offer and thought to give it a try. Even though the subject matter is quite bleak it is very well written and expertly narrated. I would recommend especially since I have never read anything similar on the subject matter and it kept my interest throughout