“Rules of Civility”
By Amor Towles
Kibbitznest Book Club - Organized by Sara Schroeder
On the last night of 1937, twentyfive 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 this snappy period piece, Towles resurrects the cinematic black-and-white Manhattan of the golden age of screwball comedy.”
–New York Times Book Review
“A smashing debut…remarkable for its strong narrative, original characters and a voice influenced by Fitzgerald and Capote, but clearly true to itself.”
“Towles [plays] with some of the great themes of love and class, luck and fated encounters that animated Wharton novels such as The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence.”