By Jennifer duBois
“[An] astonishingly appealing and brainy debut . . . [a] attractive novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“In Jennifer duBois’ wonderful novel, A Partial background of misplaced Causes, the private, theoretical, and political are braided jointly right into a seamless complete. . . . relocating but startlingly funny—full of bravado, perception, and readability. A Partial background 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 that means opposed to possible insurmountable odds.
In St. Petersburg, Russia, international chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov starts a quixotic quest. along with his popular chilly War–era tournaments at the back of him, Aleksandr has grew to become to politics, launching a dissident presidential crusade opposed to Vladimir Putin. He is familiar with 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 related 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 unbelievable quest of her personal. convinced she has inherited Huntington’s disease—the related merciless affliction that ended her father’s life—she struggles with a feeling of objective. whilst Irina unearths an outdated, photocopied letter her father had written to the younger Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful determination. 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 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 historical past, A Partial historical past of misplaced Causes finds the stubbornness and attractiveness of the human will also within the such a lot attempting occasions. With unusual conception and wit, Jennifer duBois explores the facility of reminiscence, the depths of human braveness, and the patience of affection.
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They both knew there was no next, not now, not any time soon, and the silence returned. “We should buy a place on Scrub Island,” he said. “There was such delicious food there. ” “And the ostriches. That man herding them with a bullwhip. ” “Yes,” she said. ” “I’m hot,” he said. She got off the bed and opened both windows. The winter’s crisp, shocking reality blew in. She turned back toward the bed. Then she remembered the handcuffs. She walked over to his nightstand and removed them from the drawer.
Dr. Ruefle began their session by asking about his family history. He offered what little he had. His grandparents were dead; he knew their occupations, but nothing more. His father had died of cancer when he was a boy. On the twentieth anniversary of his death, his mother had been struck by a mirror, beneath which she had been sitting in a restaurant, when it came loose from the wall, and she died of blunt trauma to the head. Dr. Ruefle was never able to make sense of these facts or anything else.
He pulled his stare from the unfocused void into which he had lost himself. He looked at the cuffs mournfully, as if they belonged to someone whose death had come on suddenly, and now he was taking stock, with great reluctance, of what to keep and what to throw away. He pursed his lips and shook his head and resumed looking at the ceiling. She put the cuffs back in the drawer. 3 Her sleep was fitful, responsive to every turn he took, the slightest shift. She woke up when she heard Becka come home, and later when Tim began to whistle—he never snored, but when he lay on his back his heavy breathing turned to a tuneless whistle.
A Partial History of Lost Causes: A Novel by Jennifer duBois