Rules of Civility - Amor Towles

In prose that is sleek, stylish, and ever so smart, investment-banker-turned-novelist Amor Towles delves into the glitter and the grit of late-1930s Manhattan. His protagonists are transplants (from the Midwest, New England, Brooklyn), desperate to drop their provincial backstories and emerge as flawless, archetypal “bright young things.” They are armed only with their wits, their observational acuity, and etiquette guides such as George Washington’s charmingly earnest Rules of Civility (Viking, $26.95). The novel belongs to wry, sardonic Katey Kontent (born “Katya,” to Russian immigrants), who claws her way up from a women’s boardinghouse and meager secretarial pools to the elite editorial offices of Condé Nast. The other star is Towles himself—he revels in the snappy, joyful, jazzy colloquialisms of the era, making every snippet of dialogue a treat.

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ISBN: 9780670022694
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Published: Viking - July 26th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012