The Great Believers

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"A ... 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 Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale ...

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Beatrice

Jun 30, 2019

Well done re the early days of the AIDS outbreak

The book takes place in Chicago and tells the story of one gay male couple and their friends and families during the early days of the AIDS outbreak. Parallel to that are interspersed flash forwards 20+ years later to the story of one of those family members, a woman who is now trying to find her daughter who had disappeared into a cult and wanted nothing to do with her mother. The AIDS story is very good reading but the flash-forward story was not interesting and I saw no reason to include it.

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