By Jennifer duBois
“[An] astonishingly appealing and brainy debut . . . [a] wonderful 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 by means of a tender author who obviously stocks the uncanny brilliance of her protagonists.”—Elle
In Jennifer duBois’s enthralling and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter hyperlinks disparate characters, each one looking for which means opposed to possible insurmountable odds.
In St. Petersburg, Russia, global chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov starts a quixotic quest. along with his popular chilly War–era tournaments in the back of him, Aleksandr has grew to become to politics, launching a dissident presidential crusade opposed to Vladimir Putin. He understands he'll now not win—and that he's risking his existence within the process—but a deeper conviction propels him ahead. And within the similar method 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 incredible quest of her personal. yes she has inherited Huntington’s disease—the similar merciless disorder that ended her father’s life—she struggles with a feeling of goal. 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 bought an enough answer. Leaving every 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 historical past, A Partial background of misplaced Causes unearths the stubbornness and attractiveness of the human may also within the so much attempting instances. With unusual belief and wit, Jennifer duBois explores the ability of reminiscence, the depths of human braveness, and the persistence of affection.
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