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.
- Verlag: Penguin Us; Penguin Books
- Seitenzahl: 368
- Erscheinungstermin: Juni 2012
- Abmessung: 213mm x 139mm x 28mm
- Gewicht: 389g
- ISBN-13: 9780143121169
- ISBN-10: 0143121162
- Artikelnr.: 34552467
With this snappy period piece, Towles resurrects the cinematic black-and-white Manhattan of the golden age [his] characters are youthful Americans in tricky times, trying to create authentic lives. The New York Times Book Review
This very good first novel about striving and surviving in Depression-era Manhattan deserves attention The great strength of Rules of Civility is in the sharp, sure-handed evocation of Manhattan in the late 30s. Wall Street Journal
Put on some Billie Holiday, pour a dry martini and immerse yourself in the eventful life of Katey Kontent [Towles] clearly knows the privileged world he s writing about, as well as the vivid, sometimes reckless characters who inhabit it. People
[A] wonderful debut novel Towles [plays] with some of the great themes of love and class, luck and fated encounters that animated Wharton s novels. The Chicago Tribune
Glittering filled with snappy dialogue, sharp observations and an array of terrifically drawn characters Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change. NPR.org
Glamorous Gotham in one to relish a book that enchants on first reading and only improves on the second. The Philadelphia Inquirer