Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility

By Amor Towles

  • Publication Date: 2011-07-26
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,812 Ratings)

Book Overview

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.

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Recent Reviews

  • Rules of Civility

    By Aunt Georgia
    The end made we want to go back and read the beginning.
  • Lovely and Thought Provoking

    By asapr212
    As near-perfect duality as may be possible. I recommend it highly.
  • Sad to have it end

    By VTmommy25
    The characters, the writing, all of it. I couldn't sleep till it was done. I was sad to have it end.
  • Rules of Civility

    By SPBerko
    Excellent book, very well written. Not one dull page in the entire book.
  • The book I will read again...

    By K. Alexsandra
    Making time for everyday life while reading The Rules of Civility was a challenge. Nothing matched the excitement of preparing to sit down for the next read! These are my celebrities, the ones who most intrigue and indulge.
  • A rare find

    By Dunnski855
    A rare find is a book that so captures my imagination that I can't put it down and when I finally do, I dream about the characters. Love Kate and this story. So blue when it was over. Now to find another as good...
  • Loved this writing!

    By TxRose80
    Besides the intriguing story, character development and the richness of the descriptions of time and place, this author speaks with with such grace. Every page brought words to their highest use. Each sentence was crafted with the finest finesse. It was such a pleasure to bathe in these people's lives. They were so real, funny, philosophical, and even ordinary but all written with depth to them. New York became a jewel box, one I wished I could have delved into during those years.
  • Excellent

    By Emmet Aloysius
    It is hard to put into words but I just enjoyed reading this novel: a good story with good interplay between interesting characters which keeps you moving along at a leisurely, carefree pace. Looking forward to his second book...EAF
  • A surprising gem

    By S Caroline
    Although read for a book club, once I picked it up it was hard to put down - though each chapter deserved some cool reflection. the language is exquisite and the characters remind me of a finely drawn black and white cartoon from The New Yorker Magazine. There is just enough information to see a line drawing - but not too much to destroy the illusion. The theme of an old early romance is one we can all relate to. How often we think back on those precious times. Where are they now? The saying goes.
  • Rules of civility

    By Gretchen Fourticq