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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.. O for the glittering blackness of a fortune-seeking femme, all set in a Manhattan of 1938. Swill this one down, a cocktail of gin-sharp writing and potent plot turns.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The new novel we couldn't put the crisp, noirish prose of the era, Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave - and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it."

O, the Oprah Magazine

"The characters are beautifully drawn, the dialogue is sharp and Towles avoids the period nostalgia and sentimentality to which a lesser writer might succumb. An elegant, pithy performance by a first-time novelist who couldn't seem more familiar with his characters or territory."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Born in 1964, Amor Towles was raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College and received an M.A. in English from Stanford University. He is a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (352 pp. Noiriffic: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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