City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls

By Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Release Date: 2019-06-04
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 175 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Miss it already

    5
    By Emily Jean A.
    One of the greatest stories I’ve ever heard. Elizabeth Gilbert writes a woman’s mind and soul so well, it made me happy and broke my heart simultaneously. I was with her every step of the way!
  • Great story!

    5
    By Kenlie
    I truly enjoyed this book by Elizabeth Gilbert. The writing style, characters, and plot had me staying up way too late to see what would happen next. It was so refreshing to see a story have a leading lady who is so complex, relatable, and true to herself. Great work!
  • City of Girls

    5
    By C&LH
    Wonderful!
  • The whole package is here in these pages

    5
    By HeatherOKC
    For readers who are intrigued by NYC, pre and post WWII, off-Broadway life, feminism - you will grab on from the start. While none of these subjects are my top draws into storytelling, I am now interested in them after reading this book. Beautifully written as only Elizabeth Gilbert can do. I will walk through life knowing these characters and will remind myself that while they are not real, they represent many women and their stories. That’s important. There are so many lessons about being human here. Important perspectives that can make the world a softer, more accepting place if more would practice what’s written in these pages. I will pause and think before judging - with Vivian in mind. A quarter into the book, I had to push through the detail of the 1940’s theater and follies world of NYC. I’m so glad I did. There was a big picture treasure waiting in the rest of the pages and how the story came together in its final chapters. Well-written, important content. I recommend to women of all ages. Men could find a new view in these pages as well. Can’t wait to see what story you tell next, Elizabeth.
  • Five Stars

    5
    By KiKi & Bernsey
    I loved this book so much. I couldn’t put it down. The writing is just beautiful.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    5
    By Emama330
    Wonderful story of relationships and insights. I devoured it.
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