‘The Great Believers’ by Rebecca Makkai
Balans Soho Society’s ‘Book of the Month’ is ‘The Great Believers’ by Rebecca Makkai.
Brilliant and beautiful, ‘The Great Believers’ is an emotionally riveting novel about the early AIDS crisis that conveys both the scale of the pain and anger and the compassion and love that rose up to greet it. It’s something never to be forgotten, but perhaps especially poignant during Pride, the novel is a powerful reminder of how many people we lost and how those who survived were permanently marked by the experience. Ultimately it’s a book about friendship and how even in the face of death we can still find joy in the irrepressible nature of life.