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The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On 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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    Definitely Fun Read

    Loved this book! Well written and great time piece.

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    Wonderful read

    I had to slow myself down with Amor's Towles book. It was so delicious in its language and imagery, that I needed time to let the story unfold slowly. Terrific narrative and I was completely immersed in the characters and timeline. I took some time to look up pictures of New York City in 1938 to give me better perspectives of the places and people. I highly recommend this novel. Well done!

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    Elegant Writing

    Mr Towles writes in flowing sentences using beautiful language. That aspect of his novel is much appreciated. The plot is less interesting and often confusing. It is not a spell binder, but this period piece was, nonetheless, entertaining.

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    Slow

    A slow account of a womens life in new york starting in the 30s. Boring amd slightly depressing. Although a few decent takes on the quirks of life.

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    Rules of Civility

    One of those books that you think about between reading sessions and can't wait to return to.

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