Table for Two: Fictions (Large Print / Paperback)

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The six short stories and one novella in this collection should prove to anyone still in doubt that Amor Towles is one of the best storytellers writing today. The short stories take place — or end up — in New York City and describe family dramas, questions of morality, chance encounters, and their consequences in the lives of an émigré from Moscow in the late 1920s, a young man who gets caught up in a forgery scheme, two travelers stranded in bad weather, a suspicious daughter who uncovers her stepfather's secret, a Carnegie Hall patron who exposes another attendee recording concerts, and an aging art dealer trying to make a deal. The novella is a follow-up to Towles' earlier novel, Rules of Civility, and recounts what happens to Eve when she arrives in Hollywood. Towles writes with great empathy for his characters, almost as if the stories are writing themselves and he is simply commenting on the events that occur. Recommended.

— Alice

April 2024 Indie Next List

“This collection of stories and a novella is the perfect thing to tide over Amor Towles’ legion of fans till the next novel. There’s even an Evelyn Ross appearance, from The Rules of Civility, which is worth the price of admission alone.”
— Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS


New York Times Bestseller

“A knockout collection. ... Sharp-edged satire deceptively wrapped like a box of Neuhaus chocolates, Table for Two is a winner.” —The New York Times

From the bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Rules of Civility, a richly detailed and sharply drawn collection of stories, including a novella featuring one of his most beloved characters

Millions of Amor Towles fans are in for a treat as he shares some of his shorter fiction: six stories based in New York City and a novella set in Golden Age Hollywood.

The New York stories, most of which take place around the year 2000, consider the fateful consequences that can spring from brief encounters and the delicate mechanics of compromise that operate at the heart of modern marriages.

In Towles’s novel Rules of Civility, the indomitable Evelyn Ross leaves New York City in September 1938 with the intention of returning home to Indiana. But as her train pulls into Chicago, where her parents are waiting, she instead extends her ticket to Los Angeles. Told from seven points of view, “Eve in Hollywood” describes how Eve crafts a new future for herself—and others—in a noirish tale that takes us through the movie sets, bungalows, and dive bars of Los Angeles.

Written with his signature wit, humor, and sophistication, Table for Two is another glittering addition to Towles’s canon of stylish and transporting fiction.

About the Author

Amor Towles is the author of New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Lincoln Highway. The three novels have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593863749
ISBN-10: 0593863747
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 640
Language: English