The Great Believers is Rebecca Makkai’s dazzling novel about friendship and redemption, that spans the height of the AIDS crisis in 1980s Chicago and its repercussions decades later in modern day Paris. Broadly acclaimed, its champions include The Hours author Michael Cunningham, who called it “emotionally riveting,” while Amy Poehler has optioned the story for TV adaption. Rebecca joins Benjamin Law to discuss her page-turning novel that explores the struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.

Rebecca Makkai (International)

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, winner of the ALA Carneige Medal, one of the New York Times' top ten books for 2018, a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime — four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. The Family Law is also an award-winning TV series for SBS which Benjamin created and co-wrote over three seasons.