Rules of Civility
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Rules of Civility

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Amor
Towles

Amor Towles is the author of New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than 4 million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Towles graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. An investment professional for over twenty years, he now devotes himself full time to writing.

Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

 

Amor Towles is the author of New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than 4 million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Towles graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. An investment professional for over twenty years, he now devotes himself full time to writing.

Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

 

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Amor Towles evokes New York City of the 1930s with witty dialogue, cigarettes and jazz clubs. When the heroine, Katey Kontent, is asked what her ambitions are she replies “they’re revolving”. This could be said of most of the characters whose ambitions lead to unusual and memorable lives.

Reminiscent of Fitzgerald, wonderful period piece set in New York City in the 1930s.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
26/07/2011
Author
Publisher
Viking Penguin

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