Rebecca Makkai

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General Information

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Name: Rebecca Makkai

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1978





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

The Borrower: A Novel, Viking/Penguin, 2011

The Hundred Year House, Viking/Penguin, 2014

Music for Wartime: Stories, Viking, 2015

The Great Believers - coming in 2017

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Borrower: A Novel

ISBN: 0143120956
Release Date: 2012-05-29

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Music for Wartime: Stories

ISBN: 0525426698
Release Date: 2015-06-23

Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

The Borrower:

  • Booklist Top Ten Debut
  • Indie Next Pick
  • O Magazine Selection
  • One of Chicago Magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011
  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Rebecca Makkai on WorldCat

Rebecca Makkai on Amazon


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