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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre

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Værker af Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers (2018) 1,934 eksemplarer
The Borrower (2011) 1,284 eksemplarer
I Have Some Questions for You (2023) 1,111 eksemplarer
The Hundred-Year House (2014) 625 eksemplarer
Music for Wartime: Stories (2015) 182 eksemplarer
Longe da Terra (Portuguese) (2012) 2 eksemplarer
The Briefcase 1 eksemplar
Between the Covers: A Bookstore Erotica Anthology (2018) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Ingen titel 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008) — Bidragyder — 566 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Bidragyder — 410 eksemplarer
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (2009) — Bidragyder — 364 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009) — Bidragyder — 361 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Bidragyder — 346 eksemplarer
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016) — Bidragyder — 108 eksemplarer
Anonymous Sex (2022) — Bidragyder — 58 eksemplarer
Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3 (2010) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer
The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers (2018) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer

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Skokie, Illinois, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Washington and Lee University (BA)
Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English)
Kort biografi
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 i Reviews of Early Reviewers Books (oktober 2011)


A podcast explores the question of if a man who has served more than 20 years in prison for the murder of a young woman could have been wrongfully convicted. The author doesn't give an easy answer but instead adds layers of complication to this question in this story. Bodie Kane, is the producer of a podcast that talks about Hollywood starlets. She has been invited back to Granby, the New Hampshire boarding school that she graduated from in 1995, to teach a course on podcasting during the two-week “mini-mester” in January 2018. One of the topics Bodie suggests to her students is the murder of her classmate Thalia Keith, which occurred in the spring of their senior year on the night of the school musical. A black man who worked for the school as an athletic trainer was convicted and imprisoned for the murder of the white girl...Thalia, however, doubts have reignited interest in the case, including a 2005 episode of "Dateline", and a website promoting the views that the boyfriend did it on "robbieserenhoisguilty.com". As Bodie works with her high schoolers to investigate, a major "#MeToo" a scandal breaks out in her own life, and it involves her partner, a well-known visual artist. Her return to Granby forces her to confront her troubled years of her younger self and the ways her disastrous childhood affected her aa well as her connection to a teacher who was if anything, a predator... and may even have been the murderer. The story is filled with lists of references to familiar crimes... particularly to one highlighting where something similar to Thalia's happened. The author places the fictional murder in the context of violence against women and an obsession with true crime. The impact of the story is totally one of emotions brought up by the topics bordering on outrage and anger rather than grief or sorrow. It seems that the readers are not meant to fall in love with Bodie or even like her much. She does come across as a bit cold, but perhaps this is because the whole narrative is addressed to a person, she seems to be furious with. Overall...there are no easy answers given in this story, which is particularly what I liked most about it. We all know that there are no easy answers in reality even if we might wish sometimes there was.… (mere)
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Carol420 | 60 andre anmeldelser | Feb 8, 2024 |
This was a real challenge for me from beginning to end. I can't say that I was thrilled to read this book, even though I managed to slowly proceed through it. I was not inspired to flip the pages, and I wished the story had been more interesting. I persisted because I don't give up easily and was curious to find out what really happened before the murder and if justice would be served in the end. Unfortunately, the second-person narration didn't exactly work for this particular story, and I frequently felt like the prose was wandering.

I can say that, without giving too much away, I was quite impressed by how true to reality the novel was. Even though we always want our books to have poetic justice and perfect endings, this one chose a conclusion that, although not perfect, may be more realistic than what actually happens. That having been said, I cannot recommend this novel, as I felt it had too many flaws.
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jwhenderson | 60 andre anmeldelser | Feb 7, 2024 |
Mixed feelings. The book was most certainly too long. The #metoo themes seemed sometimes didactic, sometimes muddled. I didn't agree with the characters who seemed to think they had the right to destroy other peoples' lives through social media and podcasts based solely on suspicions, even if they are right. Would have liked to see some exploration of the revictimization of subjects of true-crime podcasts as well.
sturlington | 60 andre anmeldelser | Feb 7, 2024 |
Het duurde lang voordat dit boek me ging aanspreken en toen werd het echt goed en spannend. Terugblik op een moord in de jaren negentig met de kennis en de blik van nu. Grensoverschrijdend gedrag en machtsongelijkheid spelen een belangrijke rol. Nadeel: erg veel personen, lastig uit elkaar te houden.
elsmvst | 60 andre anmeldelser | Feb 2, 2024 |



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