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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility comes a stylish and alluring new story about art, money, and a precious family heirloom - brought magically to life by the beloved voice of six-time Emmy-winner John Lithgow. 

Like many well-to-do Upper East Siders over the age of 65, esteemed art appraiser Percival Skinner had planned to spend his retirement living off his savings. But a market correction has left him living below his prior means. One day he’s visited by a dapper fixer in search of a famous work by the Renaissance master Giuseppe Didomenico. Skinner knows the work well: The original was owned by his ancestor, and was passed down through his family over the generations. If, as an intermediary, he can coordinate a sale, a small fortune awaits. Problem is, he might not be the only one on the make. 

Told with the quixotic energy of a classic Henry James tale and the gleeful absurdity of drawing-room comedy, this playful and effortlessly heartwarming story from one of America’s most gifted writers is a welcome reminder that sometimes what we find is more valuable than what we are looking for.  

©2020 Amor Towles (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Amor Towles is the author of New York Times best sellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. His short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, and Vogue. Having worked as an investment professional for more than 20 years, Towles now devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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About the Performer

John Lithgow’s celebrated career began on the stage. Weeks after he made his 1973 Broadway debut in David Storey’s The Changing Room, he won his first Tony Award. Since that promising beginning, he has performed on Broadway more than 20 times, with iconic roles in M. Butterfly, The Front Page, Sweet Smell of Success (for which he won his second Tony Award), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He’s been nominated for more than ten Emmy Awards and has won six, for unforgettable performances including his portrayals of Winston Churchill on The Crown, serial killer Arthur Mitchell on Dexter, and alien High Commander Dick Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Lithgow’s extensive television work has also won him two Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, and a Critics' Choice Television Award. A two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor (The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment), he is also an accomplished painter and the author of the memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, and several best-selling children’s books.

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enchanting

to all who produced this audible performance and the marvelous author Amor Towles...what a wonderful time I have just listening to this grand little story! thank you so much for making my day so much better. completely enchanted with the music and Mr Lithgow's marvelous narration. you all just really made my day! and now I want lots more just like it!!!
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Super fun, witty, and you learn something about art!

John Lithgow's reading of this short story is a perfect accompaniment to the art history. Good story and great ending! You'll be laughing and learning at the same time!

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Towels + Lithgow = PERFECTION

A superb gem of story, performed with nuance by the world's greatest narrator. Highly recommended.

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Wonderful, but a wee bit too negative for me

It’s just his humor- denigrating everyone from cowboys to vegans. It is humorous at first but irritated me a bit by the end. Sarcasm as wit. But overall I really enjoyed it, especially because it was brief, and so recommend it.

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Delightful

Favorite author narrated by a venerable actor,what could be more enjoyable? Highly recommend you pour a cup of tea and enjoy the story.

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I wish this were longer

But really, it’s just perfect as a short story. Happy but not sappy. Educational but not pedantic. I just loved it. And there is no better narrator than John Lithgow.

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Fabulous

The story and the performance were both wonderful and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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A Gentle, Refined Amusement

Two hours in the company of an aging man of New York; I felt as if I was hearing this tale over dinner in the company of an old, distant, very interesting friend. Marvelous!

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The best narration / performance

Such a great performance! Highly entertaining. One of the best narrations I’ve listened to. Recommended.

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Beautiful story

Loved it. Very enjoyable and very absorbing story even with the short length. Nothing is missing.

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Sorry but satifying

I love the descriptive detail, the well timed observations within the storyline and the narration. What a gem of a little story.