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Rules of Civility

Amor Towles


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PUBLISHED: 2nd November 2017
ISBN: 9781444708875
ANNOTATION:
The first novel by the author of The Gentleman of Moscow, Rules of Civility is a witty, elegant fairytale of late 30's New York for fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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  • Paperback
    $16.59
PUBLISHED: 2nd November 2017
ISBN: 9781444708875
ANNOTATION:
The first novel by the author of The Gentleman of Moscow, Rules of Civility is a witty, elegant fairytale of late 30's New York for fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Annotation

The first novel by the author of The Gentleman of Moscow, Rules of Civility is a witty, elegant fairytale of late 30's New York for fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Publisher Description

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.

Author Biography

Amor Towles has written fiction which has appeared in The Paris Review. This is his first novel. He lives in New York.

Review

Impossibly glamorous . . . Towles conjures up vintage New York so marvellously that it made me feel nostalgic for a place I've never been to. - The Times

Achingly stylish...witty, slick production, replete with dark intrigue, period details, and a suitably Katharine Hepburn-like heroine - Guardian

The summer's must-read: gripping and beautiful - Sunday Times

Terrific. A smart, witty, charming dry-martini of a novel - David Nicholls, author of One Day

Irresistible... A cross between Dorothy Parker and Holly Golightly, Katey Kontent is a priceless narrator in her own right - the brains of a bluestocking with the legs of a flapper and the mores of Carrie Bradshaw - Elena Seymenliyska, Telegraph

This is a flesh-and-blood tale you believe in, with fabulous period detail. It's all too rare to find a fun, glamorous, semi-literary tale to get lost in... While you're lost in the whirl of silk stockings, fur and hip flasks, all you care about is what Katey Kontent does next - Viv Groskop, Observer

Because who doesn't want to be transported to Thirties Manhattan? - Lucy Mangan

Jazz-age New York is the setting for martinis and girls on the make in Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. As glamorous as it is gut-wrenching, this is the summer's must-read - ELLE

Product Details

Author
Amor Towles
Year
2012
ISBN-10
1444708872
ISBN-13
9781444708875
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
352
Media
Book
Short Title
RULES OF CIVILITY
Language
English
Series
Sceptre
Publication Date
2012-01-05
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton