Rules of Civility

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Hodder & Stoughton, Jul 21, 2011 - Fiction - 300 pages
12 Reviews

'Fabulous' Observer
'Achingly stylish' Guardian
'Irresistible' Daily Telegraph
'Gripping' The Sunday Times


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 a Dickens novel then everything is going to be fine.

By the end of the year she'd learned:

how to live like a redhead
and insist upon the very best;
that riches can turn to rags in the trip of a heartbeat,
chance encounters can be fated, and the word 'yes' can be a poison.

That's how quickly New York City comes about, like a weathervane, or the head of a cobra. Time tells which.



'A delicious and memorable novel that will leave you wistful - and desperate for a martini.' Stylist

'Elegance and hardship drip off the page' Daily Mail

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User Review  - Abby - Goodreads

Such a great book!!! I know I'm prejudiced when it comes to this time period...but I truly loved this book. It was a recommendation from a friend of mine, and once I started I couldn't put it down. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tika V. - Goodreads

Katey Kontent (pronounced like the state of being, not like the table of, thank you very much) is a 20-something in 1938 New York City. And there's something about Towles's description of that year ... 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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