City of Girls

City of Girls Summary

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.



Book Reviews

laracass

So good5 star

Captivating! A book you just want to read.55

els1490

Great Read5 star

Great read from beginning to end!55

electric.amplified

City of Girls5 star

Really great book told over a span of many years. Author does a great job walking the line between serious and comedic throughout. Also some REALLY funny moments and dialogue. The awkward part where she was at the Dr’s house was so funny I read the chapter twice!55

Fall thymes

City of Girls5 star

I was hooked from the beginning and found it hard to put down. The character development was rich and I liked the uniqueness of each one. It was rewarding to see Vivian’s personal growth and acceptance of herself and of others.55

YayaNetski

City of girls4 star

Interesting insight to a time and place.45

Mary's tale

One of the best!5 star

Excellent isn't enough for this book and story. Loved it right from the beginning. A joy to read with just the right balance of narrative and dialogue. The characters jump off the page and sit down beside you. Can't wait to read more from Ms Gilbert.55

Seasquash

Truly excellent5 star

Incredible story with interesting characters. So beautifully written. I did not want it to end.55

BLU3456

Amazing. I want to live in this story.5 star

She does it again!! I hope this gets made into a film, how fun to experience the 1930’s/40’s/60’s etc with Elizabeth Gilbert. Page turner. Couldn’t put it down!55

Emllap

Just ok2 star

Honestly I spent over half the book wondering where it was going. The characters weren’t developed enough... and the end was disappointing. If you’re looking for an easy and light read it’s ok.25

jrgina

City of Girls5 star

Excellent story, well written55



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