The Great Believers


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"In 1985, Yale Tishman is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery where he works. 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 himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter. While staying ...

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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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