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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cambria County Library.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cambria County Library System. (Show)
  • 2 of 13 copies available at SPARK Libraries. (Show)

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20 current holds with 13 total copies.

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Cambria County Library FICTION Tev (Text) 85131001743831 CACM New Book Available -

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  • ISBN: 1400030609
  • ISBN: 9781400030606
  • Physical Description: 243 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Vintage Contemporaries edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, [2003]

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Beth Harmon becomes an orphan when her parents are killed in an automobile accident. At eight years old, she is placed in an orphanage in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where the children are given tranquilizers twice a day. Plain and shy, she learns to play chess from the janitor in the basement and discovers she is a chess genius. Penniless and desperate to learn more, she steals a chess magazine and enough money to enter a chess tournament. She also steals some of her foster mother's tranquilizers to which she is becoming addicted. At thirteen she wins the Chess Tournament. By the age of sixteen she is competing in the U.S. Open Championship and, like Fast Eddie, she hates to lose. By eighteen she is the U.S. Champion. Then she goes to Russia to face the Russians.
Subject: Chess > Fiction.
Women chess players > Fiction.
Orphans > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
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