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By Jennifer duBois

“[An] astonishingly attractive and brainy debut . . . [a] attractive novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

“In Jennifer duBois’ attractive novel, A Partial historical past of misplaced Causes, the non-public, theoretical, and political are braided jointly right into a seamless entire. . . . relocating but startlingly funny—full of bravado, perception, and readability. A Partial heritage of misplaced Causes is an exciting debut via a tender author who obviously stocks the uncanny brilliance of her protagonists.”—Elle

In Jennifer duBois’s enchanting and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter hyperlinks disparate characters, each one trying to find which means opposed to doubtless insurmountable odds.

In St. Petersburg, Russia, global chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov starts off a quixotic quest. along with his popular chilly War–era tournaments in the back of him, Aleksandr has became to politics, launching a dissident presidential crusade opposed to Vladimir Putin. He understands he'll no longer win—and that he's risking his lifestyles within the process—but a deeper conviction propels him ahead. And within the related approach 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 implausible quest of her personal. yes she has inherited Huntington’s disease—the similar merciless sickness that ended her father’s life—she struggles with a feeling of goal. whilst Irina reveals an outdated, photocopied letter her father had written to the younger Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful determination.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 thing at 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 background, A Partial background of misplaced Causes finds the stubbornness and beauty of the human can even within the so much attempting instances. With unusual belief and wit, Jennifer duBois explores the facility of reminiscence, the depths of human braveness, and the patience of affection.

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