• "Rarely is a first novel as smart and engaging and learned and funny and moving as The Borrower." --Richard Russo, author of Pulitzer Prize–winning Empire Falls
    Lucy Hull, a children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Ian needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes. Desperate to save him from the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian when she finds him camped out in the library after hours, and the odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip. But is it just Ian who is running away? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?

  • The acclaimed author of The Borrower returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield.
    'Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious."
    -Richard Russo
    Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room.
    Violet's portrait was known to terrify the artists who resided at the house from the 1920s to the 1950s, when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony-'and this is exactly the period Zee's husband, Doug, is interested in. An out-of-work academic whose only hope of a future position is securing a book deal, Doug is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, once in residence at the colony. All he needs to get the book back on track-'besides some motivation and self-esteem-'is access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. But when Doug begins to poke around where he shouldn't, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity, raising questions about what she might be hiding. The secrets of the hundred-year house would turn everything Doug and Zee think they know about her family on its head-'that is, if they were to ever uncover them.
    In this brilliantly conceived, ambitious, and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirical voice, Rebecca Makkai has crafted an unforgettable novel about family, fate and the incredible surprises life can offer.
    For readers of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle

  • À Chicago, dans les années 1980, au coeur du quartier de Boystown, Yale Tishman et sa bande d'amis - artistes, activistes, journalistes ou professeurs... - vivent la vie libre qu'ils s'étaient toujours imaginée. Lorsque l'épidémie du sida frappe leur communauté, les rapports changent, les liens se brouillent et se transforment. Peu à peu, tout s'effondre autour de Yale, et il ne lui reste plus que Fiona, la petite soeur de son meilleur ami Nico.
    Du Chicago des années 1980 au Paris d'aujourd'hui, Rebecca Makkai nous offre une épopée puissante sur le pouvoir de l'amitié face à la tragédie.

  • 1999 : Bienvenue à Laurelfield, vaste demeure du Midwest et partez à la rencontre de ses propriétaires ancestraux, les Devohr. Il y a Zee, une marxiste qui méprise la richesse de ses parents, tout en vivant dans leur maison avec son mari Doug ; sa mère Grace, qui prétend pouvoir tout savoir d'une personne en regardant ses dents ; et son beau-père Bruce, occupé à faire des réserves pour l'arrivée imminente de l'an 2000. Et puis il y a Violet, son arrière-grand-mère, qui se serait suicidée quelque part dans cette grande maison et dont le portrait est toujours accroché dans la salle à manger.
    1955 : Grace et son mari violent George emménagent à Laurelfield. Rapidement, elle remarque des détails étranges qu'elle considère comme des présages d'événements à venir. Sa vie commence alors à changer...
    1929 : Laurelfield est une colonie d'artistes hétéroclite et bohèmes où se retrouve la fine fleur de la création artistique de l'époque. Le petit groupe passe son temps entre poursuites artistiques et débauche sous les yeux du portrait de Violet Devhor, qui hanterait les lieux.

  • FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE IN FICTION WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION WINNER OF THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Soon to Be a Major Television Event, optioned by Amy Poehler A page turner . . . An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what its like to live during times of crisis. --The New York Times Book Review A dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris 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 Nicos funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nicos 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. The Great Believers has become a critically acclaimed, indelible piece of literature; it was selected as one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Buzzfeed Book of the Year, a Skimm Reads pick, and a pick for the New York Public Librarys Best Books of the year.

  • Lucy, célibataire pas encore trentenaire, est bibliothécaire dans une petite ville perdue du Middle West. Ian, dix ans, fils unique de chrétiens fondamentalistes homophobes, est son plus fidèle lecteur. Un beau matin, elle le découvre sur son lieu de travail réfugié parmi les livres. Contre toute attente, elle ne va pas le ramener tout de suite à ses parents. Ensemble, ils vont parcourir plusieurs États de cette Amérique post 11-Septembre. Pour ce gamin rêveur, c'est la découverte du vaste monde ; pour elle, l'occasion de s'interroger sur ses origines russes, le déracinement de ses ancêtres et leurs aspirations à plus de liberté.
    Rebecca Makkai signe ici un premier roman humaniste et original en forme de road-book. Une balade épique et onirique qui décortique les traumatismes d'une nation faite d'immigrants, de fugueurs et de chapardeurs... d'identités.

  • Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favourite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly anti-gay classes. When Lucy finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a backpack of provisions and an escape plan, she allows herself to be hijacked by him and the pair embark on a spontaneous road trip. But is it just Ian who is running away? And should Lucy really be trying to save a boy from his own parents?

  • The acclaimed author of The Borrower returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield.Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room.Violet's portrait was known to terrify the artists who resided at the house from the 1920s to the 1950s, when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony - and this is exactly the period Zee's husband, Doug, is interested in. An out-of-work academic whose only hope of a future position is securing a book deal, Doug is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, once in residence at the colony. All he needs to get the book back on track - besides some motivation and self-esteem - is access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. But when Doug begins to poke around where he shouldn't, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity, raising questions about what she might be hiding. The secrets of the hundred-year house would turn everything Doug and Zee think they know about her family on its head - that is, if they were to ever uncover them.In this brilliantly conceived, ambitious, and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirical voice, Rebecca Makkai has crafted an unforgettable novel about family, fate and the incredible surprises life can offer.

  • Named a must-read by the Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and The L Magazine
    Named one of the best short story collections of 2015 by Bookpage and Kansas City Star
    Rebecca Makkai’s first two novels, The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, have established her as one of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now, the award-winning writer, whose stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, returns with a highly anticipated collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart.
    A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, even as her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father’s past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its remains comes to question his own faith. In an unnamed country, a composer records the folk songs of two women from a village on the brink of destruction.
    These transporting, deeply moving stories--some inspired by her own family history--amply demonstrate Makkai’s extraordinary range as a storyteller, and confirm her as a master of the short story form.
    “Richly imagined.”
    --Chicago Tribune
    “Impressive.”
    --O, The Oprah Magazine
    “Engrossing.”
    --Minneapolis Star-Tribune
    “Inventive.”
    --W Magazine
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais The Borrower

    Rebecca Makkai

    Lucy Hull, a 26-year-old children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favourite patron, 10-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Desperate to save him from the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embark on an improvised road trip from Missouri to Vermont.

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