In Jennifer duBois’s spell binding and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter hyperlinks disparate characters, each one looking for that means opposed to probably insurmountable odds. With unusual belief and wit, duBois explores the ability 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 a quixotic quest: He launches 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 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 similar merciless affliction that ended her father’s existence. whilst Irina unearths an previous, 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 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.
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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 targeted and unsentimental. . . . She strikes with a magician’s regulate 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 type, duBois deftly inspires Russia’s political and social metamorphosis during the last thirty years throughout 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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