Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility

Book - 2011
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From the New York Times -bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow , a "sharply stylish" (Boston Globe) novel of a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society.

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.

Published: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022694
Branch Call Number: F TOW
Characteristics: 335 p. ;,24 cm.


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ArapahoeKarenQB Oct 01, 2020

Character-driven and beautifully-written. I liked the story partly because it was about a world that's completely foreign to me. It was slow at times, but overall I liked it and was invested in the characters and what happened to them.

Sep 23, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

Sep 09, 2020

A great read! Lighter than A Gentleman in Moscow but often a good peek into 1930s New York high society.

Dec 13, 2019

July 2020

Nov 05, 2019

I, too, came to this after "A Gentleman in Moscow". Where I rate Moscow a 5, I give this a 4. It draws you in like "Moscow".

It describes New York's absorption with itself quite clearly. Better than Gatsby, IMHO. I enjoyed the reference to "Autumn in New York". The tune came readily to mind as I read the book in October. An interesting counterpoint to "Rogue Heroes".

The beginning is actually the ending, so go back and read the beginning once you have finished.The beginning makes a better ending than the epilogue. But then life is like that sometimes. We see the beginning from the end.

May 05, 2019

Loved it

May 02, 2019

Was I reading the same book as the other commentators? I did not find this story engaging. If this author's writing is to be considered stylistic, well then, count me out. I used the 50-page rule on this one and struggled to make it that far. Did I miss something? Rubbish, I say, utter rubbish, ughhh...

Jan 26, 2019

Read this a few months after reading Towles' Gentleman in Moscow, which was a grand read with interesting characters and some Soviet Russian history. This reads very well as a first novel and it has the same mental flavor as Gentleman. I have a particularly fondness for novels that that illuminate the dignity that people can aspire to and achieve. My daughter has this book on her TBR list and I'm looking forward to her views on how accurately Towles portrays a female main character. It's my experience that males do poorly when trying to depict a female protagonist while women authors are better at portraying male protagonists. Plus, the late 1930s in New York City had such grand music, clubs, clothes, and vitality.

Dec 04, 2018


Dec 03, 2018

Having read His A Gentleman in Moscow Which I found extremely engaging I am looking forward to Rules of Civility

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