Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Viking Adult, 2011
352 pgs, 4 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: See my post Rules of Civility.
ABOUT THE OUTFIT: You’re broke, but no one would know it by looking at you. You step out of the boarding house with perfect 1930s style red lips and matching nails. Your gold liquid liner is a subtle, modern twist on the old cat-eye.
Your white cotton dress is simple and cheap, and it’s the only one you own. It betrays your youth and optimism despite desperate pre-war times. With this colorful scarf draped over it, the dress looks almost brand new and less out-of-season. You can also tie the scarf over your hair when you go driving with Tinker!
Your pink coat was an expensive gift from a wealthy lover. You may not have money of your own, but you sure know how to work a rich man. This cashmere and wool blend is no fur, but it will keep you warm during those chilly New York falls, winters, and springs.
This chic but sturdy pair of Steve Madden’s show the world that you are a pragmatic woman. You will climb the publishing ladder in only the most reliable foot-wear. Plus, they PERFECTLY match the cover. Speaking of matching, the over-the-shoulder clutch is a lovely feminine complement to your staunch shoes. And it’s just the right size for your lipstick, ciggies, and flask of gin. Prohibition can’t touch you!
Your fancy watch (perhaps a gift from your husband) reminds you that it’s no longer 1938. You’ve been stuck in a revery spurred by staring at an old photograph of an ex lover.