Fiction Review: Eve in Hollywood by Amor Towles

Available now: Eve in Hollywood

****4.5/5 stars

It’s the summer of 1938, and Evelyn Ross has just made her dramatic exit from the New York of Rules of Civility.  Do yourself a favor and join her, and the people who fall in love with her, as she takes the train as far west as she can go.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like short stories…
  • if you like golden Old Hollywood…
  • and if you’ve been waiting to hear from Amor Towles again ever since Rules of Civility, then this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 4.5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall


Brief yet marvelous, Eve in Hollywood is the sonnet for LA, whereas  Rules of Civility was a love letter for New York. While essentially a novella, Eve in Hollywood is made up of six short stories, each from the perspective of a different character.  I loved seeing Eve from the points of view of innocent bystanders (including Olivia DeHaviland!) instead of  her Rules of Civility co-star, and then, finally, hearing from Eve her herself. She is a freight train.

Overall, the takeaway is, this man can WRITE. From his description of the opening of the great west as “…giving way to the high, lonely deserts west of Exodus and east of John,”  I’m hooked, impressed, envious.  I’ll read anything he ever writes. Please let there be more.

Find it on Kindle single:  Eve in Hollywood

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