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Eve in Hollywood: A Penguin Special [NOOK Book]

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The further adventures of Eve Ross, best friend of Katey Kontent in Rules of Civility, the New York Times bestselling novel by Amor Towles

Near the end of Amor Towles’s bestselling novel Rules of Civility, the fiercely independent Evelyn Ross boards a train from New York to Chicago to visit her parents, but never disembarks. Six months later, she appears in a photograph in a...
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Eve in Hollywood: A Penguin Special

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Overview

The further adventures of Eve Ross, best friend of Katey Kontent in Rules of Civility, the New York Times bestselling novel by Amor Towles

Near the end of Amor Towles’s bestselling novel Rules of Civility, the fiercely independent Evelyn Ross boards a train from New York to Chicago to visit her parents, but never disembarks. Six months later, she appears in a photograph in a gossip magazine exiting the Tropicana Club on Sunset Boulevard on the arm of Olivia de Havilland.

In this novella made up of six richly detailed and atmospheric stories, each told from a different perspective, Towles unfolds the events that take Eve to the heart of Old Hollywood. Beginning in the dining car of the Golden State Limited in September 1938, we follow Eve to the elegant rooms of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the fabled tables of Antonio’s, the amusement parks on the Santa Monica piers, the afro-Cuban dance clubs off Central Avenue, and ultimately the set of Gone with the Wind.

With the glamour and grit of the studio system’s golden age as a backdrop, Towles introduces in each story a memorable new character whose fate may well be altered by their encounter with Eve. In following the thread of these varied encounters, we watch as Eve forges a new and unexpected life for herself in late 1930s Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101630921
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 52,570
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Amor Towles

Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. After working more than twenty years as an investment professional, Towles now writes full time. He is also the author of the novella Eve in Hollywood, available as an e-book. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    Oh, how I love Amor Towles. Granted, I¿ve only read two things b

    Oh, how I love Amor Towles. Granted, I’ve only read two things by him, but I’ve loved both of them. Last summer I raved about Rules of Civility and it made my Top 13 Books of 2013 list without a fight, so when he released this novella as a follow-up on my birthday, I was thrilled. Even though it took me a few months to get around to reading it, I devoured it in one sitting and can say that his incredible writing was not a one-time thing.




    Although Eve in Hollywood picks up where Rules of Civility leaves off, it is a distinctly independent novella that follows Eve in, well, Hollywood. Each chapter is told by a different person she encounters along the way, all of whom she has a resounding effect on. From shy starlets to movie producers to chauffeurs, Eve touches each of their lives with a nonchalant charm that few can pull off.








    One problem I oftentimes have with follow-ups like this is that the characters somehow end up becoming unrecognizable versions of their former selves. Fans of Rules of Civility, however, will be pleased by the author’s ability to maintain the integrity and essence of Eve’s original character. I’m loathe to compare this short read to Towles‘ full-length novel, but I would be remiss in ignoring the stylistic differences between the two. Where as Rules of Civility is a book to languish in, Eve in Hollywood is a faster-paced read. Although they offer entirely different reading experiences, Towles‘ sincere way with words shines through in both.




    * Side note – In this book there was mention of David O. Selznick, a Hollywood producer who was also named in Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. I found in interesting that real names of producers were used because, of course, anyone whose real name is used nowadays would probably sue. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Great follow up to Rules of Civility

    I read Rules of Civility and loved it. I was wondering what happened to Evelyn. Sorry that there weren't more stories. Hope more books are to come from the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Writing is exquisite

    I read this after reading Rules of Civility and I enjoyed it - funny, clever and the writing is so good you will want to read slowly to savor it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Great continuation of the Eve character from RULES OF CIVILITY.

    Great continuation of the Eve character from RULES OF CIVILITY. Great writing, again.

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