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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer duBois Narrator: Kathe Mazur, Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest: He launches a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. He knows he will not win, and that he is risking his life in the process, but a deeper conviction propels him forward.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison struggles for a sense of purpose. Irina is certain she has inherited Huntington’s disease, the same cruel illness that ended her father’s life. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father wrote to the young Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful decision. Her father asked the chess prodigy a profound question—How does one proceed in a lost cause?—but never received an adequate reply. Leaving everything behind, Irina travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An astonishingly beautiful and brainy debut novel.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A thrilling debut by a young writer who evidently shares the uncanny brilliance of her protagonists.”


  • “duBois is precise and unsentimental…She moves with a magician’s control between points of view, continents, histories, and sympathies.”

    New Yorker

  • “Terrific…In urgent fashion, duBois deftly evokes Russia’s political and social metamorphosis over the past thirty years through the prism of this particular and moving relationship.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2013 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Finalist
  • Winner of the California Gold Medal for Literature for First Fiction in 2012
  • Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Fiction in 2012
  • A 2012 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Salon Magazine Best Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/10/2014

    " Couldn't get into it right now. I'll try again later "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 2/3/2014

    " Listen: Jennifer duBois is the shit. This was a all sorts of gorgeous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janice | 1/26/2014

    " This book alternates between the perspective of two central characters: Irina is a young woman who faces the prospect of an possible inherited fatal illness, and Alekandr, a Russian champion chess player, who is entering the world of Russian politics. I found the chapters telling Irina's story engaging, sometimes haunting, but during the chapters surrounding Alekandr I found my mind wandering, and the story lost it's momentum. When the two are finally merged, my focus was intensified, the story much more enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by BEth Coulson | 1/24/2014

    " I was excited to read this book because the father character had Huntington's disease and I was interested in seeing how the author handled it. However, after 90 pages, and several nights of struggling with trying to get in to the book, I've given up. It just wasnt' going any where for me. Maybe because I'm not a chest enthusiast, or it just wasn't' moving fast enough, but I'm passing it on . Sorry. "

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