Rules of Civility (Hardcover)

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    A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose.

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompro...

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    Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. After working more than twenty years as an investment professional, Towles now writes full time. He is also the author of the novella Eve in Hollywood, available as an e-book. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
    A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose.

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    The story opens on New Year's Eve in a Greenwich Village jazz bar, where Katey and her boardinghouse roommate Eve happen to meet Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a ready smile. This chance encounter and its startling consequences cast Katey off her current course, but end up providing her unexpected access to the rarified offices of Conde Nast and a glittering new social circle. Befriended in turn by a shy, principled multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow who is ahead of her times, Katey has the chance to experience first hand the poise secured by wealth and station, but also the aspirations, envy, disloyalty, and desires that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her orbit, she will learn how individual choices become the means by which life crystallizes loss.

    Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come. A love letter to a great American city at the end of the Depression, readers will quickly fall under its spell of crisp writing, sparkling atmosphere and breathtaking revelations, as Towles evokes the ghosts of Fitzgerald, Capote, and McCarthy.

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    ISBN 9780670022694
    Genre FICTION / Historical
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 335
    Publisher Date 2011-07-26 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Viking Pr
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 10.0 in
    Wdth 7.0 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.25 lb
    Language English
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Towles, Amor

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