Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
One of my book club’s picks for our book flight in September, and I hadn’t quite finished it before our retreat. I was determined to finish it however, and I’m *so* glad I did – what a thought-provoking read!
While having been a part of the discussion in advance did end up spoiling me as to some of the specifics of the novel, it ended up not keeping me from enjoying the book. If anything I might have enjoyed it more, as I was seeing how Towles’ structured the story and gave some hints as to what would happen.
The pacing is excellent, and it’s a book to savor (I’m so glad I didn’t rush through it to hit the deadline). I don’t often say this, but I’d *love* to see this one turned into a movie.
Very worth reading, but this is one where it’s better to have someone to talk about it afterwards – there is a lot to talk about, and reading it without having that chance to discuss would be missing out on some fabulous opportunities.
It’s not a perfect book, but for a debut novel it’s impressive.
On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool toward the upper echelons of New York society and the executive suites of Condé Nast–rarefied environs where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
Wooed in turn by a shy, principled multi-millionaire and an irrepressible Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, befriended by a single-minded widow who is a ahead of her time,and challenged by an imperious mentor, Katey experiences firsthand the poise secured by wealth and station and the failed aspirations that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life, she begins to realize how our most promising choices inevitably lay the groundwork for our regrets.
Title: Rules of Civility
Author: Amor Towles
My Rating: 4 Stars
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