Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam

From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) novel of a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society.

On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.

With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.



Baker & Taylor
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a Greenwich Village jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults witty Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well and a single-minded widow. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and asingle-minded widow.
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022694
0670022691
Branch Call Number: Fiction Tow
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 23 cm

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303dog
Jan 17, 2020

Tried to like it, but after 3 hours of listening, I determined I couldn't handle another 9 hours. I liked the "Gentleman in Moscow", but couldn't get involved with these characters.

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kbpepperell
Dec 13, 2019

July 2020

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AugustusCaesar
Nov 05, 2019

I, too, came to this after "A Gentleman in Moscow". Where I rate Moscow a 5, I give this a 4. It draws you in like "Moscow".

It describes New York's absorption with itself quite clearly. Better than Gatsby, IMHO. I enjoyed the reference to "Autumn in New York". The tune came readily to mind as I read the book in October. An interesting counterpoint to "Rogue Heroes".

The beginning is actually the ending, so go back and read the beginning once you have finished.The beginning makes a better ending than the epilogue. But then life is like that sometimes. We see the beginning from the end.

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yellow_cat_3186
Aug 26, 2019

Love it! I agree with the previous comment: it is poetic in every twist and turn!
What a incredible performance by the narrative - Rebecca Lowman. Love her work!

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melmccurdy
Jul 23, 2019

Loved it!
The audio book and narrator were amazing.
I’m not sure I would have had the same experience had I read it instead of listening.
Poetry with every sentence.

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nalahblueberry5
May 05, 2019

Loved it

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amanoletters99
May 02, 2019

Was I reading the same book as the other commentators? I did not find this story engaging. If this author's writing is to be considered stylistic, well then, count me out. I used the 50-page rule on this one and struggled to make it that far. Did I miss something? Rubbish, I say, utter rubbish, ughhh...

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GladstoneReader
Jan 26, 2019

Read this a few months after reading Towles' Gentleman in Moscow, which was a grand read with interesting characters and some Soviet Russian history. This reads very well as a first novel and it has the same mental flavor as Gentleman. I have a particularly fondness for novels that that illuminate the dignity that people can aspire to and achieve. My daughter has this book on her TBR list and I'm looking forward to her views on how accurately Towles portrays a female main character. It's my experience that males do poorly when trying to depict a female protagonist while women authors are better at portraying male protagonists. Plus, the late 1930s in New York City had such grand music, clubs, clothes, and vitality.

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ellenorndorf
Dec 04, 2018

Excellent

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kingsly_1
Dec 03, 2018

Having read His A Gentleman in Moscow Which I found extremely engaging I am looking forward to Rules of Civility

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