The Queen's Gambit: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Beth Harmon's coming of age journey is not only compelling and suspenseful, but makes you wish for that one special thing that separates you from the rest! Tevis' telling of Harmon leaves you breathless and grasping for more, from her struggle with grief, anxiety, and addiction. What really pulled me into the world Tevis had created was how true and real it felt. Beth is not only an emotionally inspiring powerhouse but an independent, creative, and brilliant girl that a lot more women should read about! This work of fiction not only displays struggle and hardship but also displays the reward that one gets when overcoming and overpowering your past. This is definitely a must read for anyone who loves emotionally suspenseful literature. — From Athenya's Picks


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Engaging and fast-paced, this gripping coming-of-age novel of chess, feminism, and addiction speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four. Now a highly acclaimed, award-winning Netflix series.

Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.

About the Author

Walter Tevis was an English literature professor at Ohio University. He is the author of seven books, including three that were the basis of major motion pictures: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hustler, and The Color of Money. His other books include Mockingbird, Far From Home, and The Steps of the Sun. He died in 1984.

Praise For…

The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years--for the pure pleasure and skill of it.” --Michael Ondaatje

“Compelling. . . . A magnificent obsession.” --Los Angeles Times

“Beth Harmon is an unforgettable creation--and The Queen's Gambit is Walter Tevis's most consummate and heartbreaking work.” --Jonathan Lethem

“Gripping reading. . . .Nabokov's The Defense and Zweig's The Royal Game are the classics: now joining them is The Queen's Gambit.”  --The Financial Times

“More exciting than any thriller I've seen lately; more than that, beautifully written. “ --Martin Cruz Smith, author of GorkyPark

“It’s advisable to tape your fingers before opening The Queen’s Gambit. Otherwise, the suspense may bring on nail-chewing right to the elbow.” --Houston Chronicle

“Tevis traps us in the breathless drama of the moment and makes us feel the same intense involvement his characters feel.” --The Plain Dealer

“There’s more excitement in Beth than in the collected works of Robert Ludlum.” --Forth Worth Star-Telegram
Product Details
ISBN: 9781400030606
ISBN-10: 1400030609
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 11th, 2003
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries