Next Letter in the Mail: Rebecca Makkai


We’re getting ready to send our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from award-winning author Rebecca Makkai! Rebecca sends us a handwritten letter about couches, beds, a memorable ninth grade musical theater production, and more!

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Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, one of the New York Times’ top ten books for 2018, winner of the LA Times Book Prize, the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Award, the Heartland Prize, and the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Visit her at or on Twitter @rebeccamakkai.


Photograph of Rebecca Makkai by Susan Aurenko.