Culture & Criticism Since 2003
Amor Towles’ taut and layered A Gentleman In Moscow sold over 1.5 million copies in hardcover and spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list for fiction. As regular readers to The Electric Review know, I maintain a high bar for fiction, limiting review and mention of new novels to books that not only say something, but say it with originality and flair. Enter A Gentleman In Moscow. This book has it all – real-life characters who advance a sprawling story complete with the humor and contradictions that drive the human condition. Set in the early 1920s, A Gentleman In Moscow tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, an aristocrat under house arrest in a hotel across from the Kremlin. Towles only needs a few quick pages to capture your attention and draw you in. Along the way, expect unexpected turns and sweet connections as you become enveloped in a book that will leave you thinking about its meaning long after you’ve closed the cover for the final time.