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  • Cocktail Reception and Book Talk Featuring Rebecca Makkai at North Shore Distillery

    Join Lake Forest Book Store as we host a cocktail reception and book talk featuring author Rebecca Makkai and her book The Great Believers

    THE GREAT BELIEVERS
    Viking Press  $27.00  (Releases June 19, 2018)
     
    Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 PM
    at North Shore Distillery
    1399 Rockand Road
    Green Oaks, IL  60048
     

    $45 individual or $55 per couple

    Reservations required, call 847-234-4420

    A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai. In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in 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, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon 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 crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

    Rebecca Makkai is the author of The BorrowerThe Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, and Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short StoriesHarper's, and Tin House, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

    Author Photo Credit to Susan Aurinko

    Event date: 
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Event address: 
    North Shore Distillery
    1399 Rockland Road
    Green Oaks, IL 60048