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A Partial History of Lost Causes - A Novel

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FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION

In Jennifer duBois's mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds. With uncommon perception and wit, duBois explores the power of memory, the depths of human courage, and the endurance of love.

NAMED BY THE NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION AS A 5 UNDER 35 AUTHOR ¢ WINNER OF THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD GOLD MEDAL FOR FIRST FICTION ¢ WINNER OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION ¢ NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

Astonishingly beautiful and brainy . . . [a] stunning novel.O: The Oprah Magazine

I can't remember reading another novelat least not recentlythat's both incredibly intelligent and also emotionally engaging.Nancy Pearl, NPR

In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest: He launches a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. He knows he will not winand that he is risking his life in the processbut a deeper conviction propels him forward.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison struggles for a sense of purpose. Irina is certain she has inherited Huntington's diseasethe same cruel illness that ended her father's life. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father wrote to the young Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful decision. Her father asked the chess prodigy a profound questionHow does one proceed in a lost causebut never received an adequate reply. Leaving everything behind, Irina travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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Praise for A Partial History of Lost Causes

A thrilling debut . . . [Jennifer] DuBois writes with haunting richness and fierce intelligence. . . . Full of bravado, insight, and clarity.Elle

DuBois is precise and unsentimental. . . . She moves
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