Shortlisted for the US National Book Award, The Great Believers is a dazzling tour de force. Set amongst the devastating first wave of the AIDS epidemic, Rebecca Makkai’s heart-wrenching novel jumps between Chicago in the 1980s and the present-day life of a surviving sister and caregiver in Paris. It is a deeply moving but ultimately hopeful account of loss, friendship and family and the lasting impact of trauma on those left behind.
Rebecca Makkai is the author of a short story collection and three novels, the most recent of which, The Great Believers, was short-listed for the 2018 US National Book Award. She is also an academic and Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.
Anton Enus, a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years' experience, has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999.