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Rebecca Makkai

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Rebecca Makkai is an author, based in the Chicago area. She holds as MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and a BA from Washington and Lee University. She was an elementary Montessori teacher for twelve years before becoming a writer. She is on the MFA faculties of Sierra näytä lisää Nevada College and Northwestern University. And she is the Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. She has had her short fiction published in such anthologies as The Pushcart Prize XLI, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Fantasy. She has a short story collection entitled Music for Wartime. She won the 2017 Pushcart prize for short fiction. Her first novel was entitled The Borrower. Her other novels include The Hundred-Year House and The Great Believers. She won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for fiction with her novel, The Great Believers. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Great Believers (2018) 1,969 kappaletta
The Borrower (2011) 1,293 kappaletta
I Have Some Questions For You (2023) 1,186 kappaletta
The Hundred-Year House (2014) 629 kappaletta
Music for Wartime: Stories (2015) 184 kappaletta
Longe da Terra (Portuguese) (2012) 2 kappaletta
The Briefcase 1 kappale
Between the Covers: A Bookstore Erotica Anthology (2018) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Ei otsikkoa 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008) — Avustaja — 572 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 411 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (2009) — Avustaja — 365 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009) — Avustaja — 363 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 352 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016) — Avustaja — 109 kappaletta
Anonymous Sex (2022) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3 (2010) — Avustaja — 55 kappaletta
The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers (2018) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Skokie, Illinois, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Washington and Lee University (BA)
Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Rebecca Makkai (born April 20, 1978) is an American novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, The Borrower, was released in June 2011. It was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection, and one of Chicago Magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011. It was translated into seven languages. Her short stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and as well as in ″The Best American Nonrequired Reading″" 2009 and 2016; she received a 2017 Pushcart Prize and a 2014 NEA fellowship. Her fiction has also appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, New England Review, and Shenandoah. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harpers and on Salon.com and the New Yorker website. Makkai's stories have also been featured on Public Radio International's Selected Shorts and This American Life. Her second novel, The Hundred-Year House, is set in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, and was published by Viking/Penguin in July 2014, having received starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. It won the 2015 Novel of the Year award from the Chicago Writers Association and was named a best book of 2014 by BookPage. Her short story collection, Music for Wartime, was published by Viking in June 2015. A starred and featured review in Publishers Weekly said, "Though these stories alternate in time between WWII and the present day, they all are set, as described in the story “Exposition,” within “the borders of the human heart”—a terrain that their author maps uncommonly well.” The Kansas City Star wrote that "if any short story writer can be considered a rock star of the genre, it's Rebecca Makkai."

Her novel about the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago, titled The Great Believers was published by Viking/Penguin Random House in June 2018. The Great Believers won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and won the LA Times Book Prize, the ALA Stonewall Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award.



The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai - Jun 2011 LTER, Reviews of Early Reviewers Books (lokakuuta 2011)


There is a lot to think about after reading this book. I can clearly see what the author is trying to do... she wants us to contemplate all the news stories about the abuse and murder of women, which has become so common that we are almost immune to the horror. She does this by repeating anonymous stories as a litany...
"That was her flip-flop beside the van. That was her comb in the ravine. That was her bank card at the ATM in Kansas, but that wasn't heron the security footage....That was her phone, tossed off the overpass. That was her blood in the bathroom. That was her hair in the attic. We're lucky to find this much. That was her laundry, still in the dryer. This was her body, but she's long gone." (p. 431)

Bodie is trying to solve the murder of her high school roommate, because she believes that the man serving time for the murder was wrongfully convicted. She returns to her high school and get her podcast students interested in the case. The book is written as a stream of consciousness letter to her one-time hero (or crush?), her music teacher Mr. Bloch.

Unfortunately, Bodie is written as a feminist #Metoo/Social Justice Warrior, but comes off as an unhappy, manipulative middle-aged woman who cannot get over being an outsider during her high school years. As she struggles to gain adult perspective, her whiny pining over the once hot high school dudes, her longing for acceptance by the in-crowd can sometimes be a little sad and pathetic.

"When someone asks me if I liked boarding school, I can no longer base my answer, by judgement, on the people I knew. Once, I might have thought of you. I might have thought of any number of people who weren't what I once believed. But I can still love the place itself... this was a place where someone could claim a small corner, a place where, by the end of four years, I'd be able to say I was part of something. Somewhere on campus, I'd find a place to leave a piece of myself. I was here. I was here." p. 422

5 stars for the plot
2 stars for the main character
3 stars total
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Chrissylou62 | 64 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 11, 2024 |
This is incredibly well written and I love the characters but the time switching seemed unnecessary to me. The plot lines in 2015 were thin and I didn't care about them. The 1985 sections were so good though!
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gonzocc | 108 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 31, 2024 |
A mystery that becomes a meditation on men's assaults on women. I loved it!
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Marynoel | 64 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 15, 2024 |
Makkai's writing style requires some effort from the reader, especially as this story visits previous years and the author makes connections between them. The "ghost story" that launches the book is non-existent and the focus is on the unique lifestyles of artists and their need for a balance of independence and community. But there are a lot of characters (and their idiosyncrasies) to keep track of and I never developed a sense of caring for any of them. Some parts resonate but the 1929 section is disjointed and off-putting. I feel like I missed much of the greater meaning the author was trying to communicate.… (lisätietoja)
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bookappeal | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 13, 2024 |



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