Table for Two: Fictions

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 Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Lincoln Highway, 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.
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464 pages

Average rating: 8.61




Community Reviews

Jun 13, 2024
10/10 stars
Love everything Amor Towles writes. This book is no exception. Some beautiful moments described so delightfully.
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Tia Maria
May 20, 2024
9/10 stars
This book has two parts- short stories, and a novella. The stories are in his distinctive style; I loved them. A solid 10 for those. The novella is a continuation of his Evelyn character from 'Rules of Civility' - his only book that I didn't enjoy. Towles does not write female characters well. He somewhat compensated by jumping around to several characters, but we never got to know any of them as well as we'd like. The lead-up and character development were enjoyable; the climax just made me think, "Well, that escalated quickly..." The final recap had similarities with 'A Gentleman in Moscow' - without the investment of knowing the characters better, the twists and turns to the plot felt more like a dime store mystery.
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Larry Burns
May 19, 2024
7/10 stars
Intriguing stories.
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Apr 23, 2024
10/10 stars
“Unfortunate encounters, awkward entanglements, and ill-advised alliances. And yes…compromising photographs, too.” Amor Towles’ Table for Two is a novella of “schadenfreude…just a fancy term for the God-given flaws we have no intention of giving back…For that which humbles our sense of vanity prepares us to face that which insults our sense of honor!” “Because if we don’t stare down the things that make us want to look away, then the world is just a mirage…But what is ‘the back of one’s mind,’ if not the place where we keep the good intentions we haven’t the gumption to act upon now?...The time has come–not once for all, but once again–to do that which one has always done in the manner of the sun, the moon, and the stars.” Of all of the chapters, I resonated most with “Hasta Luego”–a contemporary Good Samaritan parable and a reminder that Good Samaritanism is not an event but a lifestyle, an act of kindness done…until next time. “For to serve the ones we love and receive their approval in return, need life be any more complicated than that?” Reading each of Towles’ short stories was like watching “a string of gently swinging Christmas lights [go] out one by one, leaving [the reader] in the ebon embrace of the eternities.” Table for Two is a constellation!
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Steve Crandall
Apr 12, 2024
10/10 stars
This one has been on backorder since November. It has six short stories and a continuation of Rules of Civility. I was gong to space it out and read read Rules of Civility first, but ended up jumping to the completion and then to the short stories. The completion is wonderful! That alone makes the book a must real if you like Towles. You should read Rules of Civility first to get the most out of it but it's not necessary. And the short stories are great. highest rating!
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