Historical Fiction

The Rules of Civility

by Amor Towles

Why I love it

As fans of The Gentleman of Moscow know, Amor Towles has a gift for capturing a certain time and place in history and putting his readers immediately there. His debut novel is Towles at his most playful: The Rules of Civility is set in the jazz clubs and swanky bars of late 1930s New York City, when a plucky young woman who’s barely scraping by gets swept up into the world of Manhattan’s elite. Th...


On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-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 ...

Member thoughts

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  • Elena T.

    Colchester, CT

    "I loved this book, sort of a love triangle, sort of not, so well written. cant wait to read his next book about eve."

  • Krystal F.

    Garrison, NY

    "I love Amor Towles book. Every sentence is beautiful to read. I don't care about the story, I just want to hear him describe things. But the story was good too."

  • Fonda G.

    Waller, TX

    "I read 'A Gentleman in Moscow' first and loved it. Amor Towles writing is beautiful and the story is very well crafted. I can hardly wait to read whatever he writes next. "

  • Alison K.

    Topsham, ME

    "I read A Gentleman in Moscow first and loved that so much, I had to go back to read his debut. Amor Towles' writing is so authentic and vivid, I just get lost in his storytelling. Loved this book."

  • Renee C.

    Albany, OR

    "I love Amor Towles's writing so very much. This book absolutely transported me. "

  • Jennifer O.

    Grand Island, FL

    "I will read everything Amor Towles ever writes!"

  • Danielle G.

    San Antonio , TX

    "Wonderful interesting read. Relatable for all the career singles to know that women who went before us felt the same way."

  • Jessica H.

    Odenton, MD

    "It is decided that Amor Towles is a favorite writer of mine. I absolutely loved A Gentleman in Moscow, so I am very excited that this felt just as authentic. Any fan of historical fiction should read."

  • Mary C.

    New York, NY

    "Great read. Amor Towles writes beautiful stories and creates amazing characters. "

  • Katrina C.

    Breinigsville, PA

    "A captivating book about a great era. Picked this up after LOVING A Gentleman in Moscow, and was very glad I did :)"

  • Cindy C.

    Lumberton , TX

    "Strong female characters. Hard to put down. "