In Jennifer duBois’s spell binding and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter hyperlinks disparate characters, every one looking for that means opposed to probably insurmountable odds. With unusual belief and wit, duBois explores the facility of reminiscence, the depths of human braveness, and the patience of love.
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In St. Petersburg, Russia, international chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov starts off a quixotic quest: He launches 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 forward.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison struggles for a feeling of objective. Irina is bound she has inherited Huntington’s disease—the comparable merciless affliction that ended her father’s lifestyles. while Irina unearths an outdated, photocopied letter her father wrote to the younger Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful determination. Her father requested the chess prodigy a profound question—How does one continue in a misplaced cause?—but by no means obtained 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.
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“A exciting debut . . . [Jennifer] DuBois writes with haunting richness and fierce intelligence. . . . jam-packed with bravado, perception, and clarity.”—Elle
“DuBois is particular and unsentimental. . . . She strikes with a magician’s keep an eye on among issues of view, continents, histories, and sympathies.”—The New Yorker
“A genuine page-turner . . . a mental mystery of significant nuance and complexity.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Terrific . . . In pressing model, duBois deftly inspires Russia’s political and social metamorphosis during the last thirty years in the course of the prism of this actual and relocating relationship.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hilarious and heartbreaking and a triumph of the imagination.”—Gary Shteyngart
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