Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

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In a New York City jazz bar on the last night of 1937, watching a quartet because she couldn't afford to see the whole ensemble, there were certain things Katey Kontent knew:  how to sneak into the cinema, and steal silk stockings from Bendel's , how to type eighty words a minute, five thousand an hour, and nine million a year , that if you can still lose yourself in a Dickens novel then everything is going to be fine.

By the end of the year she'll have learned: how to live like a redhead and insist upon the very best, that chance encounters can be fated, and the word 'yes' can be a poison, that riches can turn to rags in the trip of a heartbeat...

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