Rules of Civility

25 Aug

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Working in the publishing industry, I have the pleasure of getting invited to and working at Book Fairs around the world. At this year’s Book Expo in NYC, I gathered up a stack of galleys and autographed books, as per usual. One that I’ve had crunched into my overloaded bookcase since May is titled “Rules of Civility” by first time novelist, Amor Towles, and so far it is one of my favorite reads of the summer.

The cover itself was alluring and reminiscent of Old Hollywood, though it takes place in the late 1930s in New York City. The pace and rhythm of Towles’ prose is enchanting. A male writer, he has found a relate-able, realistic voice for his female protagonists and you are transported, very quickly and subtly, to the smoky, alluring world of post-Depression 1930s New York.

Check out the book’s website: Rules of Civility and run to your local bookstore / library to be transported completely to a world of wealth, power, deception, love and disappointment in a time of rebounding prosperity and war on the horizon.

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