Reviews for Rules of Civility
Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2011 writes "An elegant, pithy performance by a first-time novelist who couldn’t seem more familiar with his characters or territory."
The New York Times Book Review by Liesl Schillinger writes "With this snappy period piece, Towles resurrects the cinematic black-and-white Manhattan of the golden age of screwball comedy, gal-pal camaraderie and romantic mischief (think of "Stage Door," "Made for Each Other," "My Man Godfrey" and even Fay Wray in "King Kong")."
The Guardian's Viv Groskop writes "Anyway it's New Year's Eve 1937 and Katey Kontent is heading to a Greenwich Village hotspot – quite literally the Hotspot – with her room-mate Eve. So far, so Sex and the City 1930s-style. We know there are going to be cocktails, flirting and a lot of kicking up of high heels: "We started the evening with a plan of stretching three dollars as far as it would go.""
NPR Books' Heller McAlpin writes "It is also about maintaining integrity and the capacity for wonder in the face of insidious monetary sway, and Thoreau's exhortions to "find our pole star and to follow it unwaveringly.""
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