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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I always feel bad after I read a good book, because I know I can never write a review that will do it justice. But I'll give it a go. After I got past my difficulty with the way dialog was written ... Read full review

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Yes it resembles _The Great Gatsby_, but manages to be unique in its tone and perspective. A feisty young woman tries to find her way in the dense, corrupt jungle that is Manhattan in the 30s. Along ... 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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