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A Partial History of Lost Causes

A Novel

By Jennifer duBois

A Partial History of Lost Causes
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2012,
    384 pages.

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  • Joyce S. (Tyrone, GA)


    Slow reading and rather boring
    This story is true to it's name and for the two central characters the things they want and strive for are truly lost causes. I was never really sympathetic to either one of them because they seemed so self absorbed that I did not like them. The title is probably a mistake as it removes all question of the ending before you even get into the book.
  • Jill S. (Chicago, IL)


    Hard to believe it's a debut!
    One narrator is living under the shadow of Huntington's, a degenerative disease that killed her father. The other is a former world chess champion who is in a quixotic quest to unseat Vladimir Putin. Both are searching for answers about how to move forward when they're playing a moving match.

    This is one of the freshest and most imaginative debuts I've read lately, approached with grace and thoughtfulness. Jennier DuBois writes with a hard-won maturity as her characters tackle that all-important question of why we keep playing if we know we cannot win. It's an achievement.
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