Rules of Civility (Large Print / Paperback)

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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


"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.

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: 9781594135514
ISBN-10: 1594135517
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Pages: 577
Language: English