Rules Of Civility: A Novel

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Rules Of Civility: A Novel

by Amor Towles
Read by Rebecca Lowman

Penguin Audio | July 26, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

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Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 1/2 hours

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A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with outsized dreams.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 2.28 × 2.06 × 0.61 in

Published: July 26, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142429279

ISBN - 13: 9780142429273

Rules of Civility is without doubt one of the most sparkling and delicious novels I have read in a long time. Set in New York just after the jazz age and on the eve of World War II, Rules of Civility seems to pick up where The Great Gatsby left us. And it has all the wit, energy and great storytelling that characterizes Fitzgerald’s work. On a crisp New Year’s eve, Katey Kontent and her boarding house roommate Eve are sitting in a bar, without dates, considering their future, when the very handsome Theodore “Tinker” Grey takes the table next to them and starts chatting them up. He has all the ease and assuredness that comes with being a member of the “in crowd”. The three leave together to celebrate the night and so begins a complex set of relationships. The story takes Katey into haute New York society and from her secretarial pool job to the highest echelons of the publishing industry. We get a very up close look into the social mores of the day through the eyes of a young woman who is smart, independent and way ahead of her time. She has no intention of being anyone’s “baby”. Rules of Civility has all the necessary ingredients – ambition, love affairs, betrayal, crossed loyalties and some twists and turns that make you want the story to go on forever. And it is almost impossible to read without imagining who would play each part in what will inevitably be a movie. You will love this book!

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Rules Of Civility: A Novel

by Amor Towles
Read by Rebecca Lowman

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 2.28 × 2.06 × 0.61 in

Published: July 26, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142429279

ISBN - 13: 9780142429273

From the Publisher

Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 1/2 hours

Read by TBA

A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with outsized dreams.

About the Author

Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. After working more than twenty years as an investment professional, Towles now writes full time. He is also the author of the novella Eve in Hollywood, available as an e-book. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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  Praise for  Rules of Civility “An irresistible and astonishingly assured debut about working class-women and world-weary WASPs in 1930s New York…in the crisp, noirish prose of the era, Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave – and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it.” — O, the Oprah Magazine   “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 wi
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