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Music for Wartime - Rebecca Makkai - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 3:00pm</span>

Music for Wartime

10/24/2015 - 3:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

In Music for Wartime, Makkai brings together a collection of sweeping, powerful, spellbinding stories, three of which under the “legends” section are based on her own family’s history in 1930’s Hungary. A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, while her own relationship is falling apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father's past when a renowned Romanian violinist who survived a brutal pogrom only to be incarcerated for twenty years by the 'liberating' Communists plays a concert in their home. In an unnamed country, a composer records the folk songs of two women in a village on the brink of utter destruction. In these transporting, wide-ranging, and deeply moving stories, Rebecca Makkai brings to bear the signature mix of intelligence, imagination, and heart for which her novels are so beloved.

Rebecca Makkai

About Presenter Rebecca Makkai


Rebecca Makkai is the author of the acclaimed novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine Fall Reading selection, a Booklist Top Ten Debut, and one of Chicago Magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories (2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008), Best American Nonrequired ReadingHarper'sMcSweeney's, Tin HousePloughsharesIowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and New England Review, among others, and has aired on "This American Life." She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.


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