Rules of Civility is an elegant and quirky novel by first time novelist Amor Towles.
Set in 1930s New York, Katey Kontent(very witty name to give a character) daughter of Russian immigrants and Evie Ross from the sleepy Midwest are ambitious, wisecracking pair who despite lack of money and connections, aim to set the city alight. A fortuitous meeting with the apparently wealthy Timker Grey on New Year's Eve 1937 will change the course of both their lives.
If you like 1930s fiction and you want to step back in time to 1930s New York then this is the book for you because Amor Towles is a master at setting the scene and capturing the feel and mood of this era.
I was really drawn in by the first 150 pages or so of the novel was enjoying the characters and the quirky dialogue but midways through the novel it lagged for me and while the lack of plot was a little of it I felt the characters stopped developing and I just lost interest in them. There was a lot of coincidences in the Novel that I found a little hard to believe.
I loved the first half of the novel and enjoyed descriptions and scene setting. A 3 star read for me.