By Jennifer duBois
“[An] astonishingly appealing and brainy debut . . . [a] lovely novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“In Jennifer duBois’ stunning novel, A Partial heritage of misplaced Causes, the non-public, theoretical, and political are braided jointly right into a seamless complete. . . . relocating but startlingly funny—full of bravado, perception, and readability. A Partial historical past of misplaced Causes is an exhilarating debut via a tender author who obviously stocks the uncanny brilliance of her protagonists.”—Elle
In Jennifer duBois’s spell binding and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter hyperlinks disparate characters, every one trying to find that means opposed to probably insurmountable odds.
In St. Petersburg, Russia, international chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov starts off a quixotic quest. together with his well known chilly War–era tournaments at the back of him, Aleksandr has became to politics, launching a dissident presidential crusade opposed to Vladimir Putin. He understands he'll now not win—and that he's risking his lifestyles within the process—but a deeper conviction propels him ahead. And within the related manner that he can't abandon his goals, he can't erase the reminiscence of a mysterious girl he enjoyed in his youth.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison is on an unbelievable quest of her personal. sure she has inherited Huntington’s disease—the related merciless affliction that ended her father’s life—she struggles with a feeling of function. whilst Irina unearths an previous, photocopied letter her father had written to the younger Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful selection. Her father had requested the Soviet chess prodigy a profound question—How does one continue opposed to a misplaced cause?—but by no means got an enough answer. Leaving every little thing in the back of, Irina travels to Russia to discover Bezetov and get a solution for her father, and for herself.
Spanning continents and the dramatic sweep of heritage, A Partial historical past of misplaced Causes finds the stubbornness and attractiveness of the human can even within the such a lot attempting occasions. With unusual belief and wit, Jennifer duBois explores the ability of reminiscence, the depths of human braveness, and the patience of affection.
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A Partial History of Lost Causes: A Novel by Jennifer duBois