Today’s Debut of the Day pick is Jennifer duBois' A Partial History of Lost Causes—one of our favorite books of 2012 and a personal favorite of mine. Set mainly in St. Petersburg, Russia, the story follows the converging lives of two very different characters who are trying to face their own personal lost causes with courage.
In a novel that conjures the Russian literary tradition, duBois weaves an intricate web of relationships among characters forced to confront difficult existential choices. Irina, with her “inability to invest in lost causes,” struggles with the private suffering brought on by the knowledge that her life will be truncated by disease, while Aleksander fights against what seems an equally inevitable public destiny.
Read the full review from our April 2012 issue here.