One of five Summer 2019 reading picks by Bill Gates
“The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, [and] twists of fate.” —The Wall Street Journal
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
The South Berwick Public Library book group meets the first Wednesday of every month and alternates between fiction and nonfiction selections. Copies of this month’s selection are available at the library for anyone who wants to join us. If we run out of copies you can order one through the MILS catalog to be delivered to South Berwick or ask us to do this for you.