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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction




Illinois Connection

Makkai is a Chicago-based author.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rebecca Makkai teaches the MFA program at Lake Forest College and Sierra Nevada College and runs StoryStudio Chicago‘s Novel-in-a-Year workshop. She holds a MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and a BA from Washington and Lee University. Her work was chosen to be included The Best American Short Stories anthology for four consecutive years - 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. It also appears regularly in publications such as Harper's, Tin House, Ploughshares, New England Review and Ecotone, and on public radio's This American Life and Selected Shorts. Makkai is the recipient of several fellowships including a 2014 NEA Fellowship.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Borrower"""

-- *Finalist, Pulitzer Prize

-- *Finalist, National Book Award

-- *Carnegie Medal, ALA

-- *Winner, LA Times Book Prize

-- *Winner, Stonewall Award

-- *Ten Best Books of 2018, New York Times


-- """The Hundred Year House"""

-- *Starred Reviews, Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness


-- """Music for Wartime"""

-- *Starred Reviews, Publishers Weekly,

-- *Must-read Lists, Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and The L Magazine


-- """The Great Believers"""

-- *Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

-- *Andrew Carnegie Medal

-- *Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

-- *Stonewall Book Award

-- *New York Times Top 10 Book, 2018

-- *Finalist, National Book Award

-- *Starred Review, Booklist and Publishers Weekly