City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls

By Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Release Date: 2019-06-04
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,799 Ratings



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.


  • City Of Girls

    By uhatereviews
    One of the most trivial books I have ever read. No plot. No character development. No story development. Narcissistic and trite.

    By Chynna.T
    So entertaining and engaging from beginning to end.
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By Hfgbudtggdygvg
    The story that just keeps giving. I read this faster than any book I’ve read in a long time because I could not put it down!
  • Never wanted it to end

    By Peonies+Magnokia
    Wonderful story - I fell in love with the characters and hated to finish this book.
  • If you love story telling...

    By fpp221
    Then read this fabulous story!
  • Exquisitely spun tale

    By Blogcrazy
    Truly captivating story that sucked me in from the first page and kept my focus throughout the conclusion.
  • City oh Girls

    By No No Nannette
    Couldn’t put it down. That says it all.
  • Beautiful ❤️

    By okyl86
    Loved everything about this book!
  • City of Girls

    By Retyrode
    Just what I needed! Refreshing and thought provoking. A beautiful story of a girl becoming a woman the best way she knew how... following her heart and her passion. A breath of fresh air for women who feel they need permission to be beautiful sexual beings- without societies opinions and judgements stopping them.
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