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From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility comes a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, “Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change.”

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Marvelous Chicago Tribune
  • "This finely composed new novel by Amor Towles stretches out with old-World elegance. The Washington Post
     
  • The perfect fall book to curl up with while the world goes by outside your window.  Refinery29.com 
  • Who will save Rostov from the intrusions of state if not the seamstress, chefs, bartenders and doormen? In the end, Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends.  With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia. The New York Times Book Review
  • ’The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains. TheSkimm 
  • The book moves briskly from one crisp scene to the next, and ultimately casts a spell as encompassing as Rules of Civility, a book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe.
    Town & Country
  • In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight . . .This is a book in which the cruelties of the age can't begin to erase the glories of real human connection and the memories it leaves behind. A masterly encapsulation of modern Russian history, this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility. Kirkus Reviews (starred) 
  • In his remarkable first novel, the bestselling Rules of Civility, Towles etched 1930s New York in crystalline relief . . . His latest polished literary foray into a bygone era is just as impressive . . . an imaginative and unforgettable historical portrait.
     Booklist

    “House arrest has never been so charming as in Towles’s second novel, an engaging 30-year saga set almost entirely inside the Metropol, Moscow’s most luxurious hotel. . .empathetic, and entertaining.
  • An irresistible and astonishingly assured debut about working class-women and world-weary WASPs in 1930s New York…in the crisp, noirish prose of the era, Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave – and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it. O, the Oprah Magazine
  • With this snappy period piece, Towles resurrects the cinematic black-and-white Manhattan of the golden age…[his] characters are youthful Americans in tricky times, trying to create authentic lives. The New York Times Book Review
  • This very good first novel about striving and surviving in Depression-era Manhattan deserves attention…The great strength of Rules of Civility is in the sharp, sure-handed evocation of Manhattan in the late ‘30s. Wall Street Journal
  • Put on some Billie Holiday, pour a dry martini and immerse yourself in the eventful life of Katey Kontent…[Towles] clearly knows the privileged world he’s writing about, as well as the vivid, sometimes reckless characters who inhabit it. People
  • [A] wonderful debut novel…Towles [plays] with some of the great themes of love and class, luck and fated encounters that animated Wharton’s novels. The Chicago Tribune
  • Glittering…filled with snappy dialogue, sharp observations and an array of terrifically drawn characters…Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change. NPR.org
  • Glamorous Gotham in one to relish…a book that enchants on first reading and only improves on the second. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Who will save Rostov from the intrusions of state if not the seamstresses, chefs, bartenders and doormen? In the end, Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends.  With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia. The New York Times Book Review
  • ’The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains. TheSkimm 
  • Towles gets good mileage from the considerable charm of his protagonist and the peculiar world he inhabits.
    The New Yorker
  • “Nothing demonstrates the pleasures of audiobook listening better than a fine novel narrated with sensitivity and understanding…A gifted narrator, Nicholas Guy Smith captures scene and character with expressive shadings of voice and tone—a master performance that engages the listener from the start and illuminates Towles’ telling prose and subtle dialogue. In a season of outstanding novels, this one stands out…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe.”

    Town & Country

  • “[This] elegant period piece…gleams with nostalgia for the golden age of Tolstoy and Turgenev.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Utterly entertaining…Towles magnificently conjures the grandeur of the Russian hotel and the vibrancy of the characters that call it home.”

    Amazon.com

  • “Who will save Rostov from the intrusions of state if not the seamstress, chefs, bartenders, and doormen…[and] the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals, and, finally, friends.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “ [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery…A luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel and Eloise meets all the Bond villains.”

    TheSkimm.com

  • “In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “House arrest has never been so charming as in Towles’ second novel, an engaging thirty-year saga set almost entirely inside the Metropol, Moscow’s most luxurious hotel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] beguiling portrait of a Russian count who lives large while under permanent house arrest in a Moscow hotel.”

    BookPage

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016
  • Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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