My reading group chose for our first book this fall “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. You may know him as the author of “A Gentleman in Moscow”, but “Rules of Civility” was his first novel. I’ve read it before, I read it shortly after reading “A Gentleman in Moscow”, and here’s the thing – I didn’t like it.
It takes place in the late 1930s in New York. It’s not my favorite setting for a novel, especially since I was able to spend a lot of time with the count at the Metropol hotel, contemplating the Kremlin opposite when we were bored. Thus, the “rules of civility” fell flat. But here’s another offer – this time I love it.