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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
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Dec 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

Rules of Civility is one of those books you can't put down, yet feel as though you want to make every page last forever. Set in New York in 1938, Rules of Civility follows one year in the life of Katey Kontent. And what a year it is. From boarding house to Fifth Avenue, Katey meets an arresting set of characters, attends charming parties, and gets some terrific career opportunities.

The true appeal of Rules of Civility is Towles's ability to finely sketch the life his character leads. You feel as though you can literally taste the martinis, and no detail or description is out of place or lacking in information. In addition to a plucky heroine with pitch perfect dialogue, the cast of secondary characters in the book are well-developed as well. Towles has a way with words, and his ability to describe characters, places, and situations is only topped by his ability to create such a finely tuned plot that will maintain your attention to the last page.

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