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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svwagen Jun 22, 2021

The mark of a well-written book is when you are so sad that the book has ended. I read this book after the second book by this author, A Gentleman in Moscow, but I loved this one more.

Jun 11, 2021

Towles once again drops you into his world and leads you around by the tip of his pen. Artfully crafting each character and luxuriously submersing you in the beauty of the everyday

Apr 27, 2021

LOVED this book

Apr 24, 2021

Depicts the upper class in New York City in 1938, and those who want to climb the social ladder. Well written and thought-provoking. A good book club recommendation.

Mar 14, 2021

Mildly entertaining; not sure it would have happened the way it was described, but it was an easy read and posed an interesting read on rags-to-riches. Also, the name Katie "Kontent" simply bugged me.

Mar 02, 2021

I have mixed feelings about this book. The storyline was great. It was fun reading about events of the 30’s and various social circles in New York. The character development was good, and it was interesting to have a male author write in the first person of a female. I struggled with the extraneous prose throughout - more information than the reader really needed. The author also used a lot of metaphors and had an ambiguous style of writing, but that’s likely his own vernacular. Lastly, I didn’t care for the protagonist, Kathy. She was too flippant and had the devil could care attitude.

jkellerhand Jan 05, 2021

Maria recommended

Dec 26, 2020

Not particularly memorable story about a middle class young woman in Depression era New York amongst high society.

Nov 19, 2020

Another excellent read from a favorite author

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.

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