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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Also by Elizabeth Gilbert:

City of Girls, June 2019
Hardcover
Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, April 2016
Paperback
Big Magic, October 2015
Hardcover
Signature Of All Things, October 2013
Hardcover
The Edge of Nowhere, September 2012
Hardcover
At Home On The Range, April 2012
Hardcover
Committed, January 2010
Hardcover
Eat, Pray, Love, January 2007
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Eat, Pray, Love, February 2006
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City of Girls
Elizabeth Gilbert

Riverhead Books
June 2019
On Sale: June 4, 2019
480 pages
ISBN: 1594634734
EAN: 9781594634734
Kindle: B07HZ2Q1MK
Hardcover / e-Book
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Women's Fiction Contemporary

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.

"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.

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