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Rules of Civility (Hardcover)

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This book is a confection, an aged whiskey, a sweet romp with someone attractive who is also bright and a little complicated. The Rules of Civility is a lovely escape of a read. Amor Towles has a distinctive voice and style: elegant and fun and punctuated with subtle notes of yearning and loss that come from looking back.

— Barbette Houser

Engrossing, glittering, passionate, and fun, Rules of Civility tells the story of a young woman in 1930s New York City and the fascinating characters she meets as she tries to navigate the upper eschelons of society. This book will draw you in right off the bat and leave you wanting more of Towles' elegant yet witty storytelling. A delight!

— Indiana

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“This flawless debut novel follows two young women, boarding-house roommates, making their way in 1938 Manhattan. A chance meeting with an enigmatic young businessman launches the pair into areas of society heretofore closed to them, where they encounter a large cast of characters both charming and repellent. With echoes of Fitzgerald, Towles evokes effortlessly the era of pre-war Manhattan, from the workplace politics of a law office secretarial pool to the alcohol-fueled lawn party of the Long Island gin-and-horses set. This is an astonishing book!”
— Matthew Lage, Iowa Book L.L.C., Iowa City, IA

August 2011 Indie Next List


“This flawless debut novel follows two young women, boarding-house roommates, making their way in 1938 Manhattan. A chance meeting with an enigmatic young businessman launches the pair into areas of society heretofore closed to them, where they encounter a large cast of characters both charming and repellent. With echoes of Fitzgerald, Towles evokes effortlessly the era of pre-war Manhattan, from the workplace politics of a law office secretarial pool to the alcohol-fueled lawn party of the Long Island gin-and-horses set. This is an astonishing book!”
— Matthew Lage, Iowa Book L.L.C., Iowa City, IA

Description


Towles delivers a sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. Elegant and captivating, "Rules of Civility" turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come.

About the Author


Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. He is a Principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781444708844
Publisher: Sceptre
Publication Date: July 1st, 2011