Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

On New Years Eve, 1937, Katey Kontent has a chance encounter with Tinker Grey in a Greenwich Village jazz bar. Tinker, a handsome (and wealthy) banker, propels 25-year-old Katey into the upper echelon of New York society. Unaccustomed to her new surroundings, she must rely on her wit and charm to navigate the murky waters of the privileged.

Katey's story is told over the course of a year, and the themes Towles presents are wound beautifully through the narrative. New York is depicted nicely: not elitist, but as a city where anything could happen. The cast of characters are superb. Multi-dimensional and flawed, they are people you could run into on the street, people you could know. Wonderfully written, this is a novel you can sink into.

5 out of 5 stars

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