Marathon County Public Library MCPL's Reviews > Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles, Rebecca Lowman
bookshelves: adult, adult-fiction, mcpl-review
This is the best book I have read so far this year. The story is equal parts moving, methodical and beautiful. Beginning (after a brief prologue) on New Year's Eve 1937/1938 in a Manhattan jazz bar, we meet Katey Kontent and her friend, Eve Ross. Celebrating as only single women in their mid-20s can, they meet Tinker Grey, a shy, wealthy banker. They quickly become a fierce threesome, winding their way through NYC's most glamorous and seedy gin joints. That spring an accident alters their lives, their relationship with one another and everything they've ever known or wanted. The remainder of 1938 follows the three as they try to make sense of what their lives have become since the accident. There are new friends and old friends; a progressive and mysterious widowed socialite; uncomplicated relationships and those of which complex can't begin to describe. The fabric of all these characters are woven through changes in circumstance, ambition, jealousy, self-realization and friendship.
Kristen Z. / Marathon County Public Library
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