The staging is post-Depression Manhattan and the lovely 25 yr old Katey Kontent has reinvented herself to strike out in the city. Katya (aka Katey) is the daughter of immigrant laborers and that has to be a secret from the new circles that she runs in at work and at play in New York City of 1938.
Katey narrates her story for the reader. It took me a little while to feel comfortable with this style but once I did it created something endearing between Katey and those who read her story. Just writing about it today makes me want to pick it up all over again and visit Katey’s world.
Katey and her boarding house roommate, Eve, vie for the attentions of the same man they meet in a bar Tinker Grey. Through this association Katey is ascends into the upper echelon of the city and will soon discover many things about her self and this society she had been reaching for.
Being transported to 1938 NYC was a treat. I think it was smart that Towles let Katey tell her story but also use NYC as a very strong supporting character. If you love a good throw back this novel is one you should not miss.
Giveaway: Thanks to the generosity of Viking Books I have two copies of RULES OF CIVILITY to giveaway to celebrate the paperback release this week. So let the fireworks begin a little early here at Poof Books and leave a comment to be entered to win a copy.
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