City of Girls

City of Girls

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things , a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

"A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness." - PopSugar

"Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." - USA Today

"Pairs well with a cocktail...or two." - TheSkimm

"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780698408326
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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LPL_LeahN Jun 17, 2019

This was a scandalous romp through the 1940s New York City theater world, a fascinating time and place that Elizabeth Gilbert captured perfectly. She not only painted a vivid portrait of the era, she also writes characters with such depth and polarity. I fell madly in love with each and every one... Read More »


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Jun 21, 2019

Elizabeth Gilbert delivers again! Excellent fiction novel full of characters brought to life in the 1940's. Her telling stories of the during and after war times is portrayed with such realism knowing she does her research. And the trials of tribulations of a woman storyteller makes this book read like a memoir. Loved it.

LPL_LeahN Jun 17, 2019

This was a scandalous romp through the 1940s New York City theater world, a fascinating time and place that Elizabeth Gilbert captured perfectly. She not only painted a vivid portrait of the era, she also writes characters with such depth and polarity. I fell madly in love with each and every one of them, warts and all.

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