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Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novels I Have Some Questions for You, The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Great Believers received an American Library Association Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors, and was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times. A 202 Guggenheim fellow, Makkai is on the MFA faculties of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe and Northwestern University, and is the artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago. She lives on the campus of the midwestern boarding school where her husband teaches, and in Vermont.


Best Audiobooks of 2023: Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Audio

It’s all about empathy. As Booklist shares, “Across this year’s wide-ranging ‘best’ selections, from historical fiction to contemporary satire and personally insightful nonfiction, these productions are unified by an element so vital to audio: empathy. Narrators who empathize with their subjects and convey that in such a way that listeners can sink deeper into understanding another’s perspective are the best of what audio offers us.”

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