Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Having a good understanding of the rules of civility will help you navigate through life. You’ll find that you’ll be able to interact with others better, and you’ll make more decisions based on what you know about the situation. In addition, you’ll be more confident and happier when it comes to your own behavior.

Dicky Vanderwhile

‘Rules of Civility’ by Amor Towles is a novel that follows a year in the life of a young woman in New York. It tells a story of friendships, losses, and decisions. And, it is a very good first novel. It is the kind of book that would be right at home on the shelves of a 42nd and Broadway bookstore.

The novel opens with a quote from Matthew 22: 8–14. In that passage, the author uses the word ‘rules of civility’ to describe the essence of proper behavior. This relates to the young George Washington’s “Rules of Civility”, which were 150 years before the time of the novel.

A key plot point involves Katey Kontent, a young woman in New York who has just graduated from the secretarial pool to become an editorial assistant. She finds herself in a social circle of young, wealthy socialites. Kate finds herself drawn to the beautiful and feisty young Casanova, Tinker Grey.

When Katey meets Tinker, she has no idea that he is wealthy. As she and Tinker grow closer, Kate wonders if he might be an attractive suitor. And she discovers that Tinker’s mother had provided him with “Rules of Civility,” when he was a boy.

The novel is a sweeping saga that deals with the life of a young woman in New York, during the Depression and the beginning of World War II. It is a story about choices, relationships, and how a tragedy can change a woman’s life.

Anne Grandyn

Those who have read Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility will be familiar with two characters: Katey Kontent and Tinker Grey. In the novel, Katey is a young woman of Russian origin living in New York in the late 1930s. She is an ambitious young woman who is looking for a more rewarding career. She is determined to make it as an editorial assistant at a Manhattan metropolitan magazine.

Katey’s voice is whip-smart and genuine. She is well-read, and she does not read Virginia Woolf novels. She is ambitious, and she engages in long-term friendships with people she meets in New York. She makes assumptions about people and their behavior, and she is willing to make concessions for other women who exhibit questionable behavior. Katey pushes the idea of female solidarity to extremes.

Katey meets four interesting people in her early 20s: Wallace Wolcott, a sweet and solid man; Anne Grandyn, a wealthy, sophisticated woman; Hank Grey, a hard-working man; and Peaches, a headstrong young woman. Each of these characters plays a crucial role in Katey’s development during 1938.

Katey meets Wallace Wolcott, who teaches her how to shoot. Wallace eventually goes to Spain to fight in the Civil War. The relationship between Wallace and Katey is an important one. Wallace teaches Katey how to be strong, and how to be honest. The relationship between Wallace and Katey evolves into a love affair.


Considering the title of Amor Towles’s first novel, Rules of Civility, it’s not surprising to find that it is not just a good story, but also a whole lot of fun to read. This novel is set in New York City during the Great Depression and features the city’s infamous jazz bars, the latest sports cars, and the glamorous socialites that populated the city in the 1930s and ’40s.

Towles, a financial planner at a Manhattan investment firm, wrote the book as an exercise in storytelling. The story begins with a twenty-five-year-old woman named Katey Kontent who works in the secretarial pool of a New York magazine. The novel then follows her as she tries to make it as a high-flying assistant at Conde Nast. In the course of her job, Katey meets a young banker named Tinker Grey. The two become fast friends and, as a result of their mutual love for books and literature, they start reading each other’s favorite authors.

Despite the title’s obvious association with the book’s author, Towles isn’t the only one to have written a rules of civility type novel. The author’s contemporaries include Henry James, Edith Wharton, Scott Fitzgerald, and even George Washington. Towles’s book is also an homage to the Great Gatsby. It’s the perfect combination of style and substance, a tale of love, loss, and luck.

While Rules of Civility doesn’t stand up to the test of time, it’s an entertaining read.


Despite being a tad dated, Rules of Civility is a must-watch for fans of ’90s era crime dramas. It’s got an attractive cast of characters, and some of the best chemistry scenes I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t help but feel like they’re all going to end up together. And that’s a good thing!

The main storyline centers around Katey, a young woman from Brooklyn who has managed to secure herself a position in a New York office of the Quiggin & Hale secretarial pool. But while she’s tasked with managing the office’s high-pressure environment, her life is not all rosy. She’s also got a penchant for the risqué, and has to learn how to deal with it.

The storyline also includes Katey’s best friend, Hank, and a slew of other notable characters. And if you’re not a fan of New York’s more edgy side, you might want to consider a visit to Pittsburgh.

It’s also worth noting that a lot of the storyline’s major players are actually real-life people. And while the storyline doesn’t end there, it does leave you wondering how they’ll fare in the real world.

Aside from the aforementioned characters, there’s also the ever-present Gambler, who is a bit of a cheater, but a good friend. And while he’s been around the block, he’s got one of the best stories I’ve ever heard.


Throughout Rules of Civility, Amor Towles introduces a number of appealing characters. The book is a sweeping view of the world in New York City in 1938. It’s a world of Wall Street bankers and Long Island house parties. And a world populated by women like Katey, the heroine of the story.

One of the more interesting characters in the book is Katey Kontent, a twenty-five year old Russian American woman. She lives in Brooklyn. She’s smart, bracing and cool. But her life takes a turn for the worse when she’s forced to leave her husband.

Fortunately, Katey has a new man in her life: Tinker Grey, a handsome, 28 year old banker. He also happens to be the son of Anne Grandyn, a wealthy Godmother. Anne was the one who told Katey about the Rules of Civility. She thought Tinker would be attracted to intellectually challenged women. But the story isn’t over.

Katey’s journey through 1938 is not without its obstacles. Her friend Fran works at Katey’s office. She’s jealous of Tinker and Eve’s time together in Key West. Katey wants to write a cover story on the rules of civility. However, her ideas are rejected by her boss.

Katey does the sexiest thing in the book, however: she buys a copy of the Rules of Civility. The book’s real function is the fact that it provides Katey with the inspiration to try and emulate her idol.

Katey Kontent

Throughout Rules of Civility, Amor Towles takes readers on a trip through New York’s high society in the 1930s. The book follows the year that Katey Kontent, a twenty-five-year-old New Yorker, makes major life decisions.

Katey Kontent is a Brooklyn girl who grew up with Russian immigrant parents. She is working in a secretarial pool at a law firm. Her father dies at nineteen and she is forced to take care of herself. She is a big fan of Agatha Christie and thinks that she knows Anne Grandyn, a literary heiress who works for the Pembroke Press.

On New Year’s Eve, Katey finds herself at a Greenwich Village jazz club where she meets a handsome young banker named Tinker Grey. He has royal blue eyes and a star-shaped blush on his cheeks. Katey is instantly intrigued by him, but is hesitant to get too close. The two start a conversation and gradually grow closer.

When Katey sees that he is a man of class, she decides to take a chance. She spends the rest of her New Year’s Eve at a posh hotel, and she becomes friends with a friend, Peaches, who works at a book publisher.

As Katey grows closer to Tinker, she is forced to make some major decisions about her life. She becomes friends with another woman named Eve Ross, a corn-fed beauty who is expert at flirting. She becomes convinced that the women who live in flophouses are ignorant, but she does not want to fall into the same trap.

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