I recently finished Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – and I adored it! It’s not one of those can’t put it down, let the littles raise themselves for a day while I devour it cover to cover in no time flat kind of book. Rather, it’s a poignant, sophisticated and beautifully penned coming-of-age story that had me savoring the words on each page rather than just charging forward to find out what happens next.
Goodreads says: On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool toward the upper echelons of New York society and the executive suites of Condé Nast--rarefied environs where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. Wooed in turn by a shy, principled multi-millionaire and an irrepressible Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, befriended by a single-minded widow who is a ahead of her time,and challenged by an imperious mentor, Katey experiences firsthand the poise secured by wealth and station and the failed aspirations that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life, she begins to realize how our most promising choices inevitably lay the groundwork for our regrets.
I very rarely read a book twice and almost never buy a book (I mean, I didn’t even buy the Twilight saga for cryin out loud) but I’ll do both with this one.
This one is a winner winner (chicken dinner…I couldn’t resist)!!!