In May, 2019, Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommended A Gentleman in Moscow as one of five books worth reading over the coming summer. “A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story because it manages to be a little bit of everything. There’s fantastical romance, politics, espionage, parenthood, and poetry. The book is technically historical fiction, but you’d be just as accurate calling it a thriller or a love story. Even if Russia isn’t on your must-visit list, I think everyone can enjoy Towles’s trip to Moscow this summer.” You can read his full review here.