A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is the story of Count Alexander Rostov who in 1922 was placed on 'house arrest' in the Hotel Metropolis. The book tells the story of the next forty years of his life and the changing tides in Moscow. While a bit slow to start as the author is world-building; it is the most lovely story of community and unexpectedly a life well lived.
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain is based on the life of Beryl Markham an English child raised in Kenya early in the twentieth century. A real life trail blazer who broke barriers, first becoming a top horse trainer and later a pilot. While choppy in places I really enjoyed the author's take on this fascinating time and place; including people familiar to anyone who has read or seen 'Out of Africa'.
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