City Of Girls

City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
ISBN
9781526610423
Date Released
Binding
Paperback
Pages
480
Dimensions
153 x 234mm

It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses.



Exile in New York is no exile at all- here in this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop. And when the legendary English actress Edna Watson comes to the Lily to star in the company's most ambitious show ever, Vivian is entranced by the magic that follows in her wake. But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new.
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It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses.

Exile in New York is no exile at all- here in this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop. And when the legendary English actress Edna Watson comes to the Lily to star in the company's most ambitious show ever, Vivian is entranced by the magic that follows in her wake. But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new.
'At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is,' she confides. And so Vivian sets forth her story, and that of the women around her women who have lived as they truly are, out of step with a century that could never quite keep up with them.
ISBN:
9781526610423
Publication Date:
04 / 06 / 2019
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm
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City of Girls is a love letter to New York, to love, to friendship, to heartbreak. It's a story that is honest and real. - Angelique (QBD)
, 18/06/2019
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This new story by Elizabeth Gilbert is full of life. Filled with complicated characters, adventures, and freedom, Gilbert masterfully weaves a story that refuses to shame women for their desires. - Justine (QBD)
, 07/06/2019
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'City Of Girls' is a beautifully written, whimsical novel that pulls you into the early 20th century charisma of New York. At 19, Vivian leaves Vassar to live with her eccentric Aunt Peg, who runs a theatre in the heart of NYC. 'City Of Girls' is a very enthralling read that indeed goes down like a champange cocktail, light and bright, crisp and fun. - Shauna (QBD)
, 06/06/2019
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Incredible Story teller Elizabeth Gilbert strikes again with this unique, energetic and adventurous historical romance! The story starts in 1940's war time New York following the life of a young vibrant woman Vivian Morris, who's 'life is short' attitude makes for a very beautiful and entertaining story. Vivian's free spririted ways will make you laugh, love and leave you wanting more. - Amber (QBD)
, 05/06/2019
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Vivian is a girl who feels like she doesnt belong in 1940... a time where women werent allowed the freedom to be who they wanted to be. When her parents decide to send her to New York to live with her Aunt, life starts to get interesting and this is her story. Written wonderfly by Elizabeth Gilbert, once you start reading you wont be ale to put it down. - Mark (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes the provocative and thrilling new novel of glamour and promiscuety, depicting the lives of "theatre girls" in the 1940's. 95 year old Vivian is recalling her early adult years in New York where she found herself the costume designer for "the Lily Playhouse". This brilliantly written tale of female sexuality, love and discovery was an absolute delight! - Tricia (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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Elizabeth Gilbert does an amzing job transporting her readers back in time to the 1940's, following the life of Vivian Morris. City of Girls was an excellent book that kept reading to the very last page. Great book for anyone who wants to escape reality for just a little while!!! - Elizabeth (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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A love letter to New York City, with all the glitz, glamour and grit of theatre life in the 1940s. With its showgirls, handsome men and plethora of booze, Vivian finds life in New York completely different to the life she has known - and she revels in it. A masterful work of art from the great storyteller, Elizabeth Gilbert. - Rosie (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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New historical romance by award winning author Elizabeth Gilbert. 'City of Girls' is the heart-warming, poignant and often hilarious story of one woman’s growth and sexual awakening, with the little reminder; you only get one life so live it the best way possible and have much, much more sex. If I had to describe it in one word it would be; 'beautiful'. - Isabelle (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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Elizabeth Gilbert delivers a vibrant recount of the life of Vivian Morris, a 19 year old college drop out exiled to her Aunt's decrepit playhouse in New York City. Free to do as she pleases, Vivian discovers the pleasures of city night life, thriving on debauchery until the war changes everything. City of Girls is full of heart, a light yet decadent and indulgent treat. - Leesa (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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City of girls is a funny, quirky read that i thoroughly enjoyed. - Jessica (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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After flunking out of College at Vassar, Vivian Morris is sent to live with her Aunt in New York in the glorious summer of 1940. Up for anything Vivian finds herself thrown into a world of Handsome men, cheap theatre and showgirls. This story follows Vivian on a Journey of self discovery, finding her way through the maze of life rather than following a boring life picked out for her. - David (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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Set amongst the glitz and glam of the 1940's New York theatre scene, this is a story of whirlwind romance & self exploration. Vivian is a vivid, sassy and lovable protaganist, whos vibrant energy will sweep you along on her rambunctious adventure through the city. Elizabeth Gilbert is a one of a kind author whos writing comes to life on the page. - Hannah (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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At the age of ninety-five Vivian Morris tells the story of her days in the 1940s. She is sent to live with her Aunt in New York, where everything is going well for her until one mistake sets her up in a scandal and forces her to think about what it is that she really wants in life. Perfect for anyone who enjoys a bit of fun, I couldn't recommend this book enough. - Rhyannion (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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I only know Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of 'Eat, Pray, Love', so I wasn't sure what to expect from this, a historical fiction. I'm so glad I gave it a go. I found myself unexpectedly charmed - and absorbed, and moved - by Vivian Morris, who is by turns a thoughtless innocent, a hedonistic wild child, and then a self-made woman carving out her life in 1940s New York. Wholeheartedly recommended. - Amy (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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This frivolous coming of age story set in New York 1940, is a joyful breezy read (and a little bit cheeky ;) ) Aunt Peg, a misfit troupe of performers and a crumbling theatre is where it is all happening......Just because you have a good time does not make you a bad person. - Raychel (QBD)
, 04/06/2019
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I only really know Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of 'Eat, Pray, Love', so I wasn't sure what to expect from this, a historical fiction. I'm so glad I gave it a go. I found myself unexpectedly charmed - and absorbed, and moved - by Vivian Morris, who is by turns a thoughtless innocent, a hedonistic wild child, and then a self-made woman carving out her life in 1940s New York. Wholeheartedly recommended. - Roxanne (QBD)
, 03/06/2019
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This is the story of Vivian growing up before and during WWII. Getting kicked out of home for flunking college, she ends up at a theatre her Aunt runs where she has to work together with a wide cast of colourful characters from different walks of life. Making huge mistakes and learning hard life lessons, Vivian discovers who she is and what she truly wants. - Nathan (QBD)
, 02/06/2019
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Who doesn't love looking back on their life and reminiscing? That is exactly what Vivian does in "City of Girls". Vivian, now 95, finally tells the tale of her teen years, growing up in New York as a promiscuous seamstress, to Angela. Come along on a journey through the 1940s and discover who Angela's father is and just what he meant to Vivan. - Renee (QBD)
, 02/06/2019
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The shimmering summer of 1940 Vivian Morris arrives in New York with nothing but a suitcase of clothes, a sewing machine and a plucky attitude. Gaining employment at her aunts Manhattan theatre Vivian spends her time transforming the showgirls into artistic masterpieces and living the high life. A coming of age story with vibrant characters, wise narration and lessons to be learned. - Caitlyn (QBD)
, 02/06/2019
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This is a breathtakingly beautiful book. Written by the same author as 'Signature of All Things', it's no surprise. Elizabeth introduces us to some fantastic and fiesty women from the 1940s, a time of great war and suffocating conformity. The main character, Vivian, is shown a world of excess and dives in head first, blinded by the dazzling lights. - Karina (QBD)
, 02/06/2019
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A lusciously written ode to a New York long gone, and with Gilbert's charming prose, I felt like I was transported back in time to a glittering, wonderful world of colour and emotion. As Vivian reflects on the summer she spent in 1940s New York, we are given the privilege of becoming her confidante. The memories she imparts are rich with detail I felt a loss whenever I had to put the book down. - Lindsay (QBD)
, 01/06/2019
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Drinking. Dancing. Casual sex and nineteen year old Vivian Morris is only getting started. In the world of 1940's New York where good girls go bad, you'll be pleasantly surprised when no one's branded with a scarlet letter for it. Elizabeth Gilbert's 'City of Girls' is an uplifiting, empowering coming-of-age story which embraces the unapologetic evolution of female desire! - Kaitlin (QBD)
, 01/06/2019
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A beautifully written novel of sex, glamour and adventure in the summer of 1940s, New York. A vibrante, deep, complicated and fun book, packed with youthful hedonism. Liz Gilbert has written a book that allows promiscous young girls to still have lives, that are not destroyed by their sexual desires. This empowering coming of age story is everything i could have wanted and more. - Talia (QBD)
, 01/06/2019
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From the best selling author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a glamorous novel filled with sex, love, exploration and sheer female power. This novel tells of young women, coming of age in wartime New York City, and shows every reader that you don't have to be perfect to be good, and have fun doing it! Uplifting, fun and full of character. A great return to writing for Elizabeth Gilbert - Natasha (QBD)
, 01/06/2019
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A joyous exploration of 1940's New York through the eyes of 19 year-old Vivian, recounted by her 95 year-old self. She tells her story with quirky humour, I could listen to Vivian all day! A story of female empowerment from a time before #METOO, this still manages to feel quite modern. Filled with eccentricity and glamour, love and lust, ups and downs, you will love this book. - Steve (QBD)
, 01/06/2019
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Vivian Morris is an elderly woman recounting the days of her youth, when she makes the journey to live in her Aunt Peg's theater she is a naïve nineteen year old virgin.she tells her tale of late-night carousing , war, and all the trials of becoming an adult.  This was a fun read, and bursting with life. But much like Eat, Pray, Love. - Barbara (QBD)
, 01/06/2019
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City of Girls was certainly a unique read for me. Getting to experience an unsheltered world through Vivians eyes as she navigates all new ways of living and the lifestyles of others. To be based in one of my favourite cities to visit was a great plus; I could picture the livliness of it all. - Eden (QBD)
, 31/05/2019
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A vibrant, frivolous, romp of a novel! When Vivian Morris moves to New York City in the early 1940's, she is wide-eyed and inexperienced. But, as she spends her days making immaculate costumes for her Aunt Peg's theatre company, and her nights out on the town with New York's most beautiful showgirls, Vivian is destined to learn all about life's greatest pleasures, and life's harshest pain. - Alyssa (QBD)
, 31/05/2019
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Kicked out of Vasser in 1940, Vivian's parents send her to New York where she works in her aunt Peg’s theatre and befriends a brassy showgirl. Vivian is naive and bored, growing more reckless until a foolish incident changes her forever. With a rich cast of characters and an old Hollywood movie feel, Gilbert gives us a wonderfully human heroine who grows from naive newcomer into a true New Yorker. - Jessica (QBD)
, 31/05/2019
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From the Author of Eat Pray Love comes a fun and playful novel about sex and glamour in the 1940's. At age 95 Vivian Morris recalls her days in Manhattan living with her Aunt Peg who owns a flamboyant theatre called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian meets many exuberant characters, each with their own story. Then she makes a life changing mistake that ends in scandal but ultimately leads to love. - Carla (QBD)
, 31/05/2019
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This story is a re-telling of now ninety five year old Viven Morris's life as a 19 year old girl in the summer of 1940 in New York. She was a promiscuous young lady, who enjoyed the life of working in the theatre gave her. But when a scandulous incident reclaims her name she runs back to the safety of her parents home. There is miserable and so she returns back to NY where she enjoyed her life. - Fabiola (QBD)
, 31/05/2019
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At the Introduction of this book, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote that she had "longed to write a novel about promiscuous girls whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires." Introducing nineteen year old Vivian Morris living in 1940's New York. Where as most novels hold the message women must protect their virtue for the sake of reputation, Ms Gilbert paints a diffent narrative that is is bright, witty and not full of doom and gloom for the heroine as soon as her the patriarchy slam her down for her life choices. City of Girls is a fantastically written book with interesting characters, bursting with wit and wisdom for the reader to enjoy. - Tiffany (QBD)
, 30/05/2019
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Elizabeth gilbert has wowed me with a charming and vivacious story about 90 year old Vivian revisiting her younger years as a seamstress in new york city at her Aunts fallen playhouse theatre. With blossoming maturity,promiscuity and scandals this is the perfect story to read when you need a pick me up! - Jacqueline (QBD)
, 30/05/2019
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Vivian Morris begins the story as a naive 19-year old sent to live with her aunt in a New York theatre in the '40s and ends it as an old woman recounting her life to a friend she met along the way. We are with Vivian as she makes friends, falls in love, has sex, experiences the harshness of war, loses everything, and builds her life again. A beautiful, honest account of a woman finding herself. - Wesley (QBD)
, 30/05/2019
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Racy and lighthearted, an absolutely amazing and easy read. It's unique, set in the 40's in New York at a theatre house called Lily's, from the perspective of a young, rich growing up quickly with a pleasure seeking mantra. The war is starting around the time the book is set but that is very much in the background. It's an unapologetic tale that will entertain and shock you. - Laura (QBD)
, 30/05/2019
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A light-hearted look at family, love, relationships and sex. The author describes the life of Vivian who comes to live with her aunt in a rundown theatre in the 1940's. The excitement and glamour for a young girl is overwhelming. Vivian needs to find her way in life and learn how to be true to herself even in adversity. - Kerryn (QBD)
, 30/05/2019
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This intriguing novel is written in the form of the longest letter in history ! The writer of the letter is Vivian, now an elderly woman, who replies to the daughter of a family friend. She is curious about the relationship many years earlier between Vivian and her father. The letter recounts Vivan's full on and interesting life. Well written and enjoyable novel from the author of Eat Pray Love - Peter (QBD)
, 30/05/2019
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Join Vivian as she takes you on a journey into her past. Set in New York City in 1940, she paints the picture of the glitzy theatre scene, with intriguing characters, and an even more intriguing night life. Jumping ahead to other points in her life, it is big story with big feelings. - Kylie (QBD)
, 27/05/2019
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Vivian Morris escapes the constraints of her sheltered family home armed with her trusty sewing machine and a short lived naivety. She joins the hedonistic life of her Aunt Peg and the showgirls who are the residents and cast of the dilapidated Lily Theatre. Everyone has a story but 95 year old Vivian's is captivating, full of life, colour and self gratification. A moving insight into life pre and post WW2 in New York. A great read! - Janet (QBD)
, 27/05/2019
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"City of Girls" is a coming of age story which isn't afraid to laugh. The novel is a glimpse into life in 1940s-1970s America as Vivian Morris, 19, is shipped off to NYC by her parents. Bursting with love and life, Gilbert has brilliantly captured how the wild mistakes we make when we are young ultimately benefit how we grow into wisdom. A light and fufilling read that I can't help but recommend! - Maddie (QBD)
, 26/05/2019
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From the author of the critically acclaimed 'Eat, Pray, Love' comes a novel that is bound for the same kind of greatness. 'City of Girls' follows 95 year-old Vivian Morris as she re-tells the hedonistic events, the great wisdoms and the quirky characters of her youth that shaped her into the woman that could pursued the great freedom and deep love she has always craved. A truly life-changing read. - Samuel (QBD)
, 26/05/2019
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Vivian Morris, a privileged rich girl, has flunked out of Vassar and for lack of anything else to do with her, gets sent to NYC to stay with her aunt Peg. Vivians adventures have an effect on the rest of herr life. Full of great characters and a very memorable book to read. Well done Elizabeth Gilbert keep writing! - Louise (QBD)
, 26/05/2019
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From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a delightful tale packed with a variety of colourful characters. Vivian Morris is an elderly woman retelling her story of living with her Aunt Peg in a crumbling theatre in 1940's New York. She reveals details about her many adventures and mistakes along her journey to adulthood.Readers who enjoyed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will love this new novel - Amanda (QBD)
, 23/05/2019

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