The Great Believers- Rebecca Makkai
Since this was published in 2018, there’s no need to recite the plot. Just to say THIS IS ONE GREAT BOOK! So heartfelt, so nuanced, so well-written with both lyrical passages that break your heart, historical context that helps you understand the 1980’s and the AIDS crisis in America, a love letter to the great cities of Chicago and Paris, and a bunch of true-to-life human beings it was my great honor to spend time with. If you never read this, do so now. It sat on my TBR shelf for years – not sure why. But this is my nudge to you to pick it up and fall into its pages. Yes, it’s long. Yes, it’s dense. Yes, there is a large cast of characters. But it is worth it. A masterpiece.