A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. When, in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count 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...
An elegant and captivating novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. This book tells the story of 25-year old Katey Kontent; armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, she embarks on a journey as a secretary on Wall Street to the upper echelons of 1938 New York City society in search of a brighter future. [From publisher's description]