“If you want shopping at Bendel’s, gin martinis at a debutante’s mansion and jazz bands playing until 3 a.m., Rules of Civility has it all and more,” so says  Viv Groskop of The Observer in her review of Rules of Civility, the bestselling novel by Amor Towles. The book, the author’s first, tells the story of a transformational year in the life of a young woman in glamorous 1938 Manhattan.

Meet Towles next week when he comes to The Ivy Bookshop on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. to discuss his book and sign copies.

Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of Katey Kontent, a 25-year-old who embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society. Katey experiences the advantages secured by wealth and station, but also the envy, disloyalty and longing just below the surface.

Towles, a Yale-educated investment manager who lives in New York, wrote the novel in a year and spent three years revising it. His strategy paid off: film rights are in negotiation.

Join Amor Towles at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m.  To learn more about the event or RSVP, visit the Ivy Bookshop website.