Rules of Civility
In Rules of Civility, Amor Towles opens the door for you, in a very gentlemanly way – I might add – to Manhattan. He ushers you right into the late 1930’s and into the life of his heroine Katey Content and her friend Eve Ross. When they met a man named Tinker Grey in the final moments of 1937, everything – for them – changed. The unfolding of their entanglement is powerful and beautiful and it takes you on a wonderful adventure. Towles whisks you around Manhattan, weaving real life and fiction into his wistfully and carefully told story.
Rules of Civility takes you to the best, most luxurious hotels: the Plaza, the Essex House, the St. Regis, the Carlyle, and the Algonquin. It seats you in the iconic New York City restaurant – 21 Club. It takes you to Fanelli’s, a restaurant which has survived the test of time in the city. You’ll shop along Fifth Avenue from Sak’s to Bendel’s and explore the Meatpacking District, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Explorers Club. But you will also visit Manhattan’s beautiful old churches and reflect for a moment and possibly find it “very peaceful to be in their company,” the way Katey Content did in Rules of Civility.
My favorite thing about Amor Towles is the incredible detail he employs in placing his characters in the late 1930’s in New York City. Now – I love locations – so this book particularly speaks to me, especially because it’s clear Towles knows exactly what he’s talking about when he mentions each and every one. My second favorite thing about Towles is – obviously – he’s a man, but he writes in the voice of a woman. And what a job he does of it. The voice of Katey Content is wistful, wise, honest and haunting. It takes hold of you. You can find everything you need to know about Amor Towles on his website.
Rules of Civility
Check in at The Pierre
Drinks at Rockefeller Center
Dinner at P.J. Clark’s
Breakfast at Tiffany's
5th Avenue Stroll
(NYC Library, Bergdorf Goodman ...