Title: Rule of Civility
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Publish Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Viking Books, Penguin Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a jazz bar in Greenwich Village, when Tinker Grey, 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 as a Wall Street secretary towards the upper echelons of New York Society and into the executive suites of Conde Nast.
Even as Katey 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.
I truly enjoyed Rules of Civility by Amor Towles! I loved the writing, and as a fan of Historical Fiction, I loved going back to the last night of 1937. It’s here that friends, Katey and Evey meet for a New Year’s Eve drink, only to meet the handsome and charming banker, Tinker Grey.
I loved Katey’s adventurous spirit and strong work ethic for a woman in the 1930’s. I’m not sure how I missed this gem, but I’m so glad I found it!
“An irresistible and astonishingly assured debut about working class-women and world-weary WASPs in 1930s New York…in the crisp, noirish prose of the era, Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave- and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it.” -O, the Oprah Magazine