Jennifer Dubois - A Partial History of Lost Causes

Irina Ellison inherits a degenerative neurological disease from her father. In his papers, she also finds a 25-year-old unanswered letter which he once had sent to the young chess prodigy and political dissident, Aleksandr Bezetov. The letter leads her to venture to Russia to ask the question: When you find yourself playing a game or match or tournament that you’ve known all along you were losing, what is the way to proceed? What story do you tell yourself?

This beautiful and often humorous novel explores the experience of odd comrades struggling to find purpose against the inexorable persistence of loss and death. It tells of enduring love, hope despite the denial of dreams, and resistance against an unconquerable government and an incurable disease. Partial History of Lost Causes spans the divisions created by time and national borders and speaks to the depths of the human experience.

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ISBN: 9780812982176
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 21st, 2012

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

With Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, Europa Editions has published a new translation in which the youthful voices of the protagonist, Elena, and her best friend, Lila, evoke the precociously articulate perspective of Paloma from Muriel Barbery’s best-seller The Elegance of the Hedgehog (also from Europa) as they are faced with the incomprehensible obstinacy and prosaic rigidity of the parents, teachers, and neighbors who define the limits which surround them. As Elena and especially the brilliant Lila mature as teenagers, their personal visions and hope for the future impel them to pursue possibilities unimagined by their provincial (and brutal) Neapolitan families and neighbors. This is the first in a trilogy and I can’t wait for the rest.
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ISBN: 9781609450786
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Snowdrops - A.D. Miller

Snowdrops reflects Russia’s beautiful, tragic, nostalgic, and sometimes heartless complexity. It begins as a hard-bitten noir, with a dead body and an impossibly gorgeous pair of women; but the story quickly evolves into an honest and evocative homage to the flaws and strengths of the Russians as they have moved from the bitter years of Stalinism, to the hope and idealism of the perestroika, to the uncertain present. Snowdrops is an entirely probable year in the life of a British expatriate lawyer who develops relationships with guileless ex-Soviet pensioners, glamorous youth, and thuggish members of the newly moneyed set and is led through a labyrinth of profiteering in Moscow.
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ISBN: 9780307739476
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor - February 7th, 2012