I was once a member of the book of the month club, but I know I didn't sign up for the storm every week club. On the heels of last week's Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter blew through on Wednesday into the wee hours of today, dumping 2-8 inches of snow on New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. This bad weather and a low gasoline supply have forced me to stay very close to home. Because my plans were cancelled last night, I curled up with Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, this month's selection for one of my book clubs.
This debut novel opens in the 1960s at New York's Museum of Modern Art, where an older married couple are viewing an exhibit of photos of subway riders taken by hidden camera in the late 1930s. When Katherine recognizes the subject of two of the portraits as a man from her distant past--before she met her husband--it takes her back to 1938 New York City and her chance meeting with Theodore "Tinker" Grey on New Year's Eve.
Thus far, I am enthralled with Towles's writing style, richly descriptive language, and strong characters. The novel offers a glimpse into the Manhattan of yesteryear that keeps me turning the pages.
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