Fiction Review: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility: A Novel on sale now

*****5/5 starsAmor Towles

It’s New Years Eve, on the dawn of 1938. A chance encounter in a Greenwich bar leads Katey Kontent on a ride to the top of New York Society with the engaging Tinker Grey—but will he stay there with her?

Recommended readers:

  • For anyone who enjoys getting totally lost in a time and place of a story
  • For anyone who wonders if men can write women
  • For anyone who revels in both great writing and great storytelling

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 5/5 overall


I loved this book. I loved the structure, loved the prose, the literary references, the total immersion in another place and time, and most of all, Katey. She’s one of those characters who stays with you, who you have a hard time remembering isn’t someone you know. Stay tuned for a review of Towles’ second offering, Eve in Hollywood.

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