With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction. In his second remarkable work of fiction, A Gentleman in Moscow, Towles further establishes his reputation as one of contemporary literature’s most exciting and singular writers. The novel spent 59 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover; at the end of 2018, it was #1 on the Indie Bestseller list, more than two years after publication, and is only now coming out in paperback.
A big novel that embodies the grandiloquent style and spirit of Russia’s Golden Age of literature, A Gentleman in Moscow is a captivating story of personal and emotional discovery that spans more than three decades and takes place almost entirely within the walls of a single building. In 1922, having been deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, Count Alexander Rostov is ordered to spend the rest of his life under house arrest inside the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. An indomitable man of elegance, erudition, and wit, the Count has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in a cramped attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Though stripped of most of his personal possessions and his social standing, the Count remains determined to preserve his dignity and passion for life. As his days are propelled in profound and unanticipated directions, his relationships with the Metropol’s staff and its guests unlock the doors to larger worlds within the hotel and ultimately himself. Brimming with humor and wit, an unforgettable cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this remarkable novel casts a spell as it relates the Count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
“Sly and winning….Listen closely and you might hear a Wes Anderson soundtrack playing….Towles is a craftsman...he chooses themes that run deeper than mere sociopolitical commentary: parental duty, friendship, romance, the call of home.” —The New York Times Book Review
Named as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller and was named as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. Both novels have been translated into over fifteen languages. Having worked as an investment professional for more than 20 years, Mr. Towles now devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.
*General admission ticket includes a paperback copy of A Gentleman in Moscow