Published by Dial Press Trade Paperback on August 21st 2012
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A Patrial History of Lost Causes is about two people: Aleksandr, a world chess champion who launches a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin and Irina, an English Professor who is close to the age of onset for 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?—
I found this book very hard to get into. I usually give a book until 100 pages before giving up. I am glad that I do this. The first 79 pages were difficult to get through but after that I was more interested in the characters and the story. I really liked how the story was told and unfolded using both Aleksandr’s and Irina’s point of view. It is worth the effort and the book is very well written.
I also am very impressed that this was a debut novel. I will definitely read more books by this author.