Tuesday, June 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh
Left Bank Books and the St. Louis County Library welcome best-selling authors Rebecca Makkai and Jean Kwok, who will sign and discuss their books, The Great Believers and Searching For Sylvie Lee.
One of the most critically acclaimed novels of 2018, “The Great Believers” is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss. In 1985, Yale Tishman’s career is flourishing while the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. After his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her estranged daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.
From the bestselling author of “Girl in Translation,’ Jean Kwok’s “Searching for Sylvie Lee” is a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women in a Chinese immigrant family. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, "Searching for Sylvie Lee" is a gripping page-turner, a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family, and a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us, and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love.
This event is free and open to the public.