Join Katie King on Monday, December 10 at 6:30 for a discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room.
In 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is deemed an "incorrigible aristocrat" by the Bolsheviks, but because he wrote a revolutionary poem while at university, his life is spared. He is sentenced to live out the rest of his days inside the grand Metropol Hotel in Moscow. Relegated to an attic room, the indomitable Rostov forms friendships with staff and guests alike. Despite his confinement, he manages to live an adventure-filled life, witnessing some of the most pivotal moments in the twentieth century.
Katie King is a native of Oak Ridge and a licensed school counselor with a love of college admissions. When she attended her 20th high school reunion, she discovered that a classmate lived in Zimbabwe and sent her son to the International School of Harare. “International school. What is that?” The friend simply replied, “You need to look into that.” Five years later, King moved to Beijing to work as a college counselor. Two years after that, she chose Kyiv, Ukraine as her next destination. At the time she sent in her contract, there was a revolution happening in Maidan (Independence Square), in the heart of the city. She lived in Kyiv from August 2014–June 2017, at which time she moved home to Knoxville.