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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
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A stylish period piece about identity, truth and knowing yourself. Katey Kontent and Eve Ross are young women swimming in a secretarial pool at a Manhattan law firm in 1938. Katey is from Brighton Beach and Eve from Iowa. Both are trying to make it in the big city when, on New Years Eve, Tinker Grey happens upon them in a bar. It is instantly obvious that Tinker is old money, Ivy-educated aristocracy. The girls strike up a friendship that leads them around Manhattan, to glitzy parties on Long Island and into a whole new world. As the plot broadens, it become apparent that not all is as it appears. The story is not a page turner, but does great justice to its setting. The conversation sparkles and 21 Club is as glamorous as you could have imagined.
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