Rules of Civility

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Hodder & Stoughton, Jul 21, 2011 - Fiction - 300 pages
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In a jazz bar on the last night of 1937, watching a quartet because she couldn't afford to see the whole ensemble, there were certain things Katey Kontent knew: the location of every old church in Manhattan how to sneak into the cinema how to type eighty words a minute, five thousand an hour, and nine million a year and that if you can still lose yourself in the first chapter of a Dickens novel then everything is probably going to be fine. By the end of the year she'd learned: how to launch a paper airplane high over Park Avenue how to live like a redhead how to insist upon the very best that the word 'yes' can be a poison and the Rules of Civility. That's how quickly New York City comes about - like a weathervane - or the head of a cobra. Time tells which.

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Gorgeous prose and entertaining characters. - LibraryThing
The plot lost some of its momentum towards the end. - LibraryThing
Towles is a good writer. - LibraryThing
The words are beautiful, the writing fantastic. - LibraryThing
I also really liked the portrayal of women in this era. - LibraryThing
... an added bonus was Towles' beautiful prose. - LibraryThing

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I've developed a habit in my book reading of skimming through certain long descriptions, boring conversations, etc. in order to move ahead to more interesting parts. I would say this happens in nearly ... Read full review

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This was a terrific read. I love this era with women joining the workforce; friendships; dancing and fun. Great character development and just an overall feeling of reminiscing of the times. A feel good novel. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Amor Towles has written fiction which has appeared in The Paris Review. This is his first novel. He lives in New York.

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