Novelist Amor Towles

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Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum says
Novelist Amor Towles discusses his latest novel, “A Gentleman in Moscow” (Viking). The story traces the life of Count Alexander Rostov, a witty aristocrat who is confined for political reasons to a posh hotel in Moscow, in 1922, where he witnesses the turbulence of the Bolshevik revolution. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular 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. Towles is the author of the highly praised “Rules of Civility,” (2011) which brought 1930s Manhattan to life with wit and style, evoking literary luminaries like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton.

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About Amor Towles: Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. For many years a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, he now devotes himself full time to writing. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. Learn more at
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