Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Amor Towles recreates the glitz and glamour of New York City in the late 1930s in Rules of Civility. 

Think art deco, jazz clubs, martinis and plush hotels. 

As I read this book I couldn’t help but be reminded of F. Scottt Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. 

While Rules of Civility is set 15 years later than Fitzgerald’s classic and on the other side of the Great Depression, both books explore the lifestyles and inner workings of New York’s wealthy upper class. 

Rules of Civility tells the story of Katy Kontent who works in a secretarial pool and lives in a Manhattan boarding house with her best friend, Eve Ross. 

Katy and Eve earn barely enough money to cover their rent until a chance encounter with wealthy banker Tinker Grey sets their lives on a new course.

At a time when women were expected to aspire to be good housewives, Towles creates some gutsy female characters who cast stereotypes aside. 

Rules of Civility is also a story of New York, where fortunes are made and lost and where tales of rags to riches sit alongside tales of riches to rags. 

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review - Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

If you’re looking for a book that will keep you up past bed time, read Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. 

I raced through this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down. 

Cathy Bailey is a young woman enjoying the single life until she meets the charismatic Lee. He’s charming, good looking and seems to be the perfect catch – until his darker side is revealed. 

Four years later, Cathy is suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and struggling to keep her life on track. 

Into the Darkest Corner is a suspenseful thriller about domestic violence and its lingering effects. 

Haynes tells two stories simultaneously, alternating between Cathy’s relationship with Lee and the present day. The pace and structure of this book kept me hooked. 

Haynes also provides an interesting insight into living and dealing with OCD. 

Into the Darkest Corner was named Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011. 

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