As someone who has written quietly for twenty years, the notion that a group might gather to discuss a book of mine seems something so fantastic it must be a mirage. What follows are some questions for discussion that might have surfaced in my reading group. If you are interested, there is additional content regarding Rules of Civility at amortowles. You may also submit your thoughts or questions there. And if your reading group is meeting for dinner in New York somewhere between Canal and 34th streets, please let me know.

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It is and Katey Kontent as in state of being is a young woman living it up in Manhattan. By night she gets her kicks sneaking into the Capitol Theater or slipping into smoky jazz bars in Greenwich Village. Perched on stools with her room-mate Evelyn Ross, they can make a Martini last an hour — unless, that is, they manage to charm someone else into buying the drinks.

A round of gin and a bottle of champagne later, the newly fast friends make resolutions for each other. Be less shy, suggests Tinker to the girls, laughing. Get out of your ruts, says Eve, serious. Fortune is listening: before the first week of is through, the lives of the three of them are changed forever.

The exercise certainly pays dividends — the best feature of Rules of Civility is its fast pacing and irresistible momentum. The language is snappy, too, full of period idiom and witty one-liners. A cross between Dorothy Parker and Holly Golightly, she is a priceless narrator, as well as a memorable character in her own right — the brains of a bluestocking with the legs of a flapper and the mores of Carrie Bradshaw. Eve is also a classic, in the best-friend variety.

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In , he was set to go to China for two years to teach. When the Tiananmen Square massacre put an abrupt end to that plan, he headed for Manhattan. On his first night in the city, he met two strangers. One would become his brother-in-law; through the other, he found the job in which he has worked for 20 years. This is the kind of improbable-but-true serendipity that plots the lives of people in their 20s — in whatever epoch — before they know the weight that decisions made in a moment might have.


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As someone who has written quietly for twenty years, the notion that a group might gather to discuss a book of mine seems something so fantastic it must be a mirage. What follows are some questions for discussion. If so, what role do you think each plays in fashioning the Katey of the future? What sort of things is Katey slow to reveal; and what drives her reticence?

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