Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Dragonfly Books

Dragonfly Books is pleased to welcome Chicago-based author Rebecca Makkai back to Decorah with her new novel The Great Believers. The Great Believers is a story of friendship and redemption during the carnage of the AIDs epidemic. Rebecca Makkai will share her stories, talk about The Great Believers, and sign books on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

Rebecca Makkai previously visited Decorah with her collection of short stories Music for Wartime (Viking 2015). She is also the author of the novels The Hundred Year House (Viking 2014) and The Borrower (Penguin 2012).

Telling the stories of Yale Tishman in 1985 Chicago and Fiona Marcus in contemporary Paris, The Great Believers (Viking 2018) captures the devastation of the AIDs crisis in 1980s Chicago and the lasting effects on those who lost loved ones. Yale and Fiona’s intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the 80s and the chaos of the modern world, as both struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

Rebecca Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is the Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008 - 2011).

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free author talk. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Makkai’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of their staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please contact us at or 563-382-4275.

The Great Believers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223523
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018


“A page turner...An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis. "—The New York Times Book Review


Music for Wartime: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109235
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016

Named a must-read by the Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and The L Magazine

Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers will be available in summer 2018.

The Hundred-Year House: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143127444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

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's The Great Believers will be available in summer 2018.

The Borrower: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143120957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

"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