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Amor Towles

Amor Towles
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Amor Towles’ much-anticipated new novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, shot to the top of the bestseller lists. It is a transporting story about a count who is sentenced to spend the rest of his life inside the attic of a luxury hotel across from the Kremlin. O, the Oprah Magazine calls it “elegant… as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg.”  The story is “a downright Casablanca-like drama,” says The San Francisco Chronicle. Towles’ debut novel, Rules of Civility, was a New York Times bestseller, a Wall Street Journal Top 10 work of fiction, and winner of the Prix Fitzgerald. NPR called the story set in 1937 New York society “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.” A Boston native, Towles lives in Manhattan, where he now writes full time after working more than 20 years as an investment professional. He claims to be “an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, snow-days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee hours, card games, cafés, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers.”

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