A Coming of Jazz Age Story

Rules of Civility


First time author Amor Towles' "Rules of Civility" is a stylish and sophisticated novel reminiscent of the writings of  F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's a believable not-so-classic love triangle that makes excellent use of the written language.  

Set in late 1930s New York, Towels gives the reader a realistic feel for the lifestyle of this particular time and place. His depiction of Manhattan apartments, restaurants, jazz clubs, publishing houses and the Hamptons kept my attention even before the plot twists. How he captures the character and mindset of two young women making their way through this pre-war world kept me from wanting it to be over. It's a classy novel without a classic ending.

--Laura S., Sachs Branch

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