By Amor Towles
This novel, set in 1930s Manhattan, is lots of fun. Shopping at Bendel’s, gin martinis at a debutante mansion and jazz bands that play until 3 am – Rules of Civility is a perfect vacation read. The prose is witty and colourful. Evie Ross is the daughter of a wealthy Russian immigrant and Katey Kontent is her roommate. They both fall for the banker bachelor Tinker Grey. A car crash brings an interesting turn of events that lead Katey from a low level secretarial job into the executive suite at Conde Nast publications…. happy reading!