"The book is like a salve," says Patchett, who chose "A Gentleman in Moscow" for the First Editions reading group at Parnussus Books in Nashville, Tennessee. "I think the world feels so disordered right now. The count's refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we're longing for. His world was also in shambles but he maintained his grace and humor."
"It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the Us vs. Them mentality," she said in a video. "And underneath it all comes the heart and soul of family, love, the pursuit of happiness and what home really means."