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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Novel
By (author): Amor Towles
9780143110439 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Mar 26, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.46 x 8.37 x 1.06 in 496 pages B/W MAP Penguin Books
The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series

“The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, [and] twists of fate.”—The Wall Street Journal

As this “irresistible” (O, the Oprah Magazine) second novel by Amor Towles opens, in 1922, a Russian Count in his early thirties is sentenced by the Bolsheviks to spend the rest of his life in a small attic room in a luxury hotel near the Kremlin. Unexpectedly, the Count’s reduced circumstances provide him entry to a much larger world of emotional discovery as he forges friendships over the following three decades with the hotel’s other denizens, including a willful actress, a shrewd Kremlinite, a gregarious American, and a temperamental chef. When fate suddenly puts the life of a young girl in his hands, he must draw on all his ingenuity to protect the future she so deserves.

Story Locale: Moscow, Russia

POISED TO BE THE BIGGEST TRADE REPRINT OF THE YEAR: A Gentleman in Moscow has now sold over 1.4 million copies in all formats; it is a novel that appeals to all types of readers, and there is no other book like it out there.

ONE OF THE MOST COLOSSAL WORD OF MOUTH SUCCESSES IN RECENT YEARS: Both readers and booksellers have fallen deeply and passionately in love with Gentleman; it is a near perfect novel, a pure pleasure to read, full of wonder, humor, intrigue, sophisticated storytelling, unforgettable characters, and exquisite insights into human behavior.

LONG RUNNING BESTSELLER: A Gentleman in Moscow has spent fifty-nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, far longer than any other novel published in the last two years. It has been on the National Indie Bestseller list every week since it was published.

BOOK CLUB FAVORITE: A Gentleman in Moscow has consistently been one of the most popular book clubs picks over the past two years, and its demand with reading groups should only increase with the publication of the paperback.

TERRIFIC CRITICAL PRAISE: “Elegant” (O Magazine); “Sly and winning” (The New York Times Book Review); “Endearing” (The Washington Post); “Luscious” (San Francisco Chronicle).

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: A Gentleman in Moscow made numerous best book of year lists, including Amazon, The Washington Post, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

FABULOUS, HARD-WORKING PROMOTER: No author works harder than Towles at promoting his books and cultivating his audience; he has done over 100 events for the hardcover, in 27 states, and attendance for them has been phenomenal.

FILM RIGHTS SOLD: Entertainment One has secured the rights to adapt Gentleman into a 6 hour TV miniseries, with Kenneth Branagh slated to star and produce.

ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RULES OF CIVILITY: As readers new to Towles read Gentleman first, they can then turn to his equally stylish and brilliant first novel; we have sold 270,000 more copies of Rules in all formats since January 2017.

Amor Towles was born and raised in the Boston area. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. An investment professional for more than twenty years, he now devotes himself full time to writing. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Author Residence: New York, New York

Marketing: None


Author Website:

Author Social Media:; Twitter: @AmorTowles

Praise for A Gentleman in Moscow:

“Transfixing, full of colorful characters…this finely composed new novel by Amor Towles stretches out with old-World elegance.” - The Washington Post

“Irresistible…as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg, gleams with nostalgia for the golden age of Tolstoy and Turgenev.” - O, The Oprah Magazine

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