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ISBN13: 9780143121169
ISBN10: 0143121162
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Kate O'Connor, April 20, 2013 (view all comments by Kate O'Connor)
It is New Years' Eve, 1938, and everything is about to change for Katey Kontent, a young woman trying to disguise her Brooklyn origins and make her way through glamorous Manhattan. She and her vivacious roommate Eve encounter the dapper and well-to-do Tinker Grey; their meeting ignites a tinder keg that will cause a host of bizarre, compelling, and complicated characters to explode into Katey's world. The Rules of Civility conjures up a jazz New York that is simultaneously glamorous and gritty, full of martinis, music, Marxists, witty women, ambition, and unapologetic decadence. What must Katey and her contemporaries do in order to choose who they are to become? This wistful yet lively novel questions how you can reinvent yourself and still abide by rules of civility- and how, when civility lapses, you can learn to forgive.
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dawnobw, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by dawnobw)
Loved the book! Good fiction is the magic carpet that transports me to never never land!
Reminded me of F. Scot Fitzgerald
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jrb1953, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by jrb1953)
Really entertaining, good dialogue, believable characters, and gave me several surprises
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Jan Goldsmith, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Jan Goldsmith)
This book is well written, and is a real page turner. The action takes place in the 1930's, but the storytelling is very modern. An excellent read.
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gerryroz, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by gerryroz)
An astonishing first novel. Great character development and wonderful use of metaphor.
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Towles, Amor
Penguin Books
Silver, Marisa
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9 x 6 in 1 lb
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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143121169 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The new novel we couldn't put the crisp, noirish prose of the era, Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave — and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it."
"Review" by , "This very good first novel about striving and surviving in Depression-era Manhattan deserves attention....The great strength of Rules of Civility is in the sharp, sure-handed...evocation of Manhattan in the late '30s."
"Review" by , "Put on some Billie Holiday, pour a dry martini and immerse yourself in the eventful life of Katey Kontent....[Towles] clearly knows the privileged world he's writing about, as well as the vivid, sometimes reckless characters who inhabit it."
"Review" by , "Even the most jaded New Yorker can see the beauty in Amor Towles' Rules of Civility, the antiqued portrait of an unlikely jet set making the most of Manhattan."
"Review" by , "The best novels are the ones that completely transport you to another time and place. This beautifully written debut does just that. With wit, wisdom, and rich language, Towles introduces a cast of unforgettable 1938 New Yorkers, who change the book's heroine in surprising and absorbing ways."
"Review" by , "Terrific. A smart, witty, charming dry-martini of a novel."
"Review" by , "Part love story, part social observation, 100 percent absorbing."
"Review" by , "It's the Depression, and a gal Friday with a mouth like Dorothy Parker's is dallying with the smart set...turns out she's not the only climber. A joyride through the ups and downs of 1930s high society."
"Review" by , "A smashing debut...remarkable for its strong narrative, original characters and a voice influenced by Fitzgerald and Capote, but clearly true to itself."
"Review" by , "The characters are beautifully drawn, the dialogue is sharp and Towles avoids the period nostalgia and sentimentality to which a lesser writer might succumb. An elegant, pithy performance by a first-time novelist who couldn't seem more familiar with his characters or territory."
"Synopsis" by , 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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