Ten Evenings

Rebecca Makkai

“I think about this a lot. When someone asks if I liked boarding school, I can no longer base my answer, my judgment, on the people I knew. Once, I might have thought of you. I might have thought of any number of people who weren’t what I once believed. But I can still love the place itself, as a place, as smells and echoes and angles of light, as surfaces etched deep with their own history.”

Rebecca Makkai, I Have Some Questions for You

The author of four novels, including the National Book Award finalist The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai delivers a mystery that links questions of selfhood and memory to the #MeToo movement.

In I Have Some Questions for You, Makkai has crafted her most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart. Timely, hypnotic, and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, I Have Some Questions for You is a compulsive page-turner and a literary triumph.

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Great Believers received an American Library Association Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors, and was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times.

“A very different but equally great accomplishment [as The Great Believers] … It is at once a campus novel, a piercing reflection on the appeal and ethics of the true crime genre, and a story of Me Too reckoning. It is also the most irresistible literary page-turner I have read in years … Makkai’s most distinctive literary feature is her blend of intelligence, whimsy, and wisdom, an endearing yet bracing mix that characterizes her Twitter feed as it does her fiction … Makkai’s writing is textured and precise.” “



Copies of I Have Some Questions for You , along with other titles by Rebecca Makkai, are available from White Whale Bookstore.


Monday, December 11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. ET


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