Rules of Civility
Books | Fiction / Literary
From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and A Gentleman in Moscow, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society—now with over one million readers worldwideOn the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.
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"I really liked this book a lot! The protagonist was witty and smart, I loved seeing New York through her eyes and experiences. I’ve been getting so bored with some authors and this one reminded me of the type of writing I enjoy. Would love any recommendations other readers have of a similar writing style to Amor."
"Great story telling and character development. I have read all three of Amor Towles books, loved them all. He makes you fall in love with the characters and genuinely care about what will happen to them. "
"I would read Amor Towels’ shopping list. All his books are fantastic."
"This book was both glamorous and decidedly unglamorous at the same time. It showed the liveliness and beauty of Manhattan during the Jazz Era, while also revealing the darkness and the loneliness that can occur in a person's life. Amor Towles has the uncanny ability to force you to feel certain things about a character and then take you on a roller coaster ride with those feelings. He wraps up the story in such a unique and wonderful way. Overall, very well done."
"Highly enjoyable, capturing the spirit of the period in old New York. It’s also nice to see a strong female character of that time who isn’t only focused on getting married."
"Enjoyed this! "