Birmingham’s September Girly Book Club
88-92 John Bright St, Birmingham, UK
September brings a brand new book to our roster and we’re very much looking forward to reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. Set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, Makkai’s prestigious novel covers themes of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss.
In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing 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, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s 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 epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona’s stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.
Make sure you RSVP to book club early this month; many of our chapters sell-out in September and we don’t want you to miss it! See you there!