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The Great Believers

Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
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Winner of the Carnegie Medal

Finalist for the National Book Awards

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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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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