A Partial History of Lost Causes (Dial, $16), by Jennifer Dubois, is an excellent debut novel in which a young American woman with an inherited fatal disease becomes linked to a world chess champion and opposition presidential candidate in Russia. Dubois tells the stories of the two protagonists, whose lives intersect across two countries and several decades, with compelling detail and language. Chess–and learning to beat long odds–is a subtext throughout, as are the political ramifications of the transition from Soviet leadership to Putin-style “democracy.”  Dubois is a smart and gifted writer.
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ISBN: 9780812982176
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 21st, 2012

In You Are One of Them (Penguin Press, $26.95), debut novelist Elliott Holt wastes no words and pulls no tricks, presenting two friends pulled apart by the immense forces of the Cold War and oncoming adulthood. Jennifer, popular, and with a seemingly idyllic family, simply glides through life. For Sarah, though, things are difficult; terrorized by an abusive home, she tends to try to lie low. Holt gives honesty and elegance to the lasting effects of childhood friendships as well as early trauma, and to the specific haunting of the atomic age, which seems like a nightmare come to life when Jennifer disappears in Russia and Sarah follows her there in the 1990s. While Holt’s book comes to a well crafted ending, the story will leave you considering its ramifications for some time.

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ISBN: 9781594205286
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Published: Penguin Press - May 30th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780143125440
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2014

Judith Toomey, who has marched resolutely forward throughout her life for nearly thirty years, finally chances a glance behind her at age forty-four. When she does, she is shocked to find she has been dragging the ghost of her first love, Willy Blunt, since she was a teenager in rural Nebraska. This realization throws her entire world into upheaval and forces her to confront and finally come to terms with the choices she made as a young woman. In To Be Sung Underwater (Back Bay, $14.99), Tom Mc- Neal gives us Judith and Willy’s story, one that explores the nuances of love, regret, hope, and finding a way back to those we abandoned long ago.
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ISBN: 9780316127387
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2012

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