Rules of Civility“If you’ve ever wondered what 1930s New York City was like, Amor Towles, through his debut novel, Rules of Civility (Viking, 2011;  Books on TapePenguin Audio; audio on OverDrive; Large Print Thorndike; released in Trade Pbk, in June) is one of the best tour guides around,” says Costco’s head book buyer, Pennie  Clark Ianniciello, describing her  January book pick in COSTCO Connections.

In the accompanying interview, Towles recounts his journey from a successful 21-year career as the co-founder of an investment fund to full-time writer and says he can’t wait to start his next book

The book spent one week in the top 15 of the NYT Hardcover Fiction after its release in 2011 and 9 weeks on the trade paperback list this year. Reviews praised it for its evocation of the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton. NPR added kudos, calling it a “stylish, elegant and deliberately anachronistic debut novel.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that Lionsgate closed a deal with Towles to adapt Rules of Civility. It was noted at the time that several others in Hollywood had been courting Towles, but he was recluctant because, as “the principal of a big hedge fund, Towles didn’t need Hollywood option money and was wary of trusting Hollywood with the book he’d always wanted to write.” No news has emerged since on when, or if, production will begin.

Some libraries still showing holds.

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