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Amor Towles

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Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. Having worked as an investment professional in Manhattan for over twenty years, he now devotes himself fulltime to writing. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. The book was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film and its French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller and was ranked as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, th ...more

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Amor Towles Dear Kathy,
For a few years, RULES OF CIVILITY has been in development at Lionsgate to make a feature film. Recently, however, Lionsgate has shifted co…more
Dear Kathy,
For a few years, RULES OF CIVILITY has been in development at Lionsgate to make a feature film. Recently, however, Lionsgate has shifted course and decided to make it into a long form television movie/series - so that they don't have to cut the story. Now, cross your fingers and wait.
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Amor Towles Dear Laura,
I'm afraid it takes me about four years to write a novel. So keep your eyes on 2021...?
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AT

Follow up: My new novel, THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY,…more
Dear Laura,
I'm afraid it takes me about four years to write a novel. So keep your eyes on 2021...?
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AT

Follow up: My new novel, THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY, will be out on October 5, 2021 - right on schedule.(less)
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"Still catching up on books I finished this spring. My apologies. THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY is a gem. I adored Amor Towles's first two novels, and I savored every moment of this one. It's 1954, and three young men and a boy are on the adventure of their liv" Read more of this review »
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Thanks for the kind words. The answer to your question can be found in the Q&A at my web site (see the link below). Look for the question dealing with structure.

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Here are some of my favorite books. "Deep Cuts" are in brackets.

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Thanks for the kinds words. The implication in the scene you describe is that Katey recognizes this rough edged panhandler from her catholic school days. He recognizes her in turn, and calls her out for acting like she is somebody else.
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“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.”
Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

“if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.”
Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

“In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions—we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there whether to keep that card and discard the next, or discard the first card and keep the second. And before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come.”
Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

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