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"Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novel The Borrower (Viking, 2011), and her short stories have appeared in four consecutive issues of The Best American Short Stories (2008-2011). Her second novel, The Hundred Year House, will appear from Viking in July, 2014. She lives in Chicago and Vermont."


I haven't posted anything here in a very long time, but for the interested: I've done about twenty blog posts over the past year for the literary magazine Ploughshares, on topics ranging from Roald Dahl to literary drinking games to things that tick writers off.

The lot of them are here:
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The Borrower
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 5,550 ratings — published 2011 — 29 editions
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The Hundred-Year House
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Music for Wartime: Stories
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" Thanks! Yes, this one was fantastic. (More of a straight-on ghost story [sort of] than mine.)And I actually recommend the audio -- the actor does an a ...more"
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"The ending of this book is so subtle and so...open to interpretation, that I feel as though I might be getting it wrong. I hope I'm not. There's a sort of _Turning of the Screw_ element to this ghost story (Is there a ghost or isn't there? Whose p..." Read more of this review »
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"I read this after it got The Booker. While I appreciated it, I never felt moved by it. If you're looking for a British novella playing with memory and perception, _Atonement_ is much better.

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“I believed that books might save him because I knew they had so far, and because I knew the people books had saved. They were college professors and actors and scientists and poets. They got to college and sat on dorm floors drinking coffee, amazed they'd finally found their soul mates. They always dressed a little out of season. Their names were enshrined on the pink cards in the pockets of all the forgotten hardbacks in every library basement in America. If the librarians were lazy enough or nostalgic enough or smart enough, those names would stay there forever.”
Rebecca Makkai, The Borrower

“I might be the villain of this story.”
Rebecca Makkai, The Borrower

“And second, everyone is so weird, but they're all completely accepted. It's like, okay, you have a pumpkin head, and that guy's made of tin, and you're a talking chicken, but what the hell, let's do a road trip.”
Rebecca Makkai, The Borrower

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