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City of girls

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New York : Riverhead Books, 2019.  |  

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.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Centennial FIC GILBE 2019 33145003212465 New Books Copy hold / Volume hold In transit -
Fleming FIC Gilbe 32761002610474 Adult Fiction Copy hold / Volume hold In transit -
Fonthill FIC Gilbe 36443002002590 Adult NEW fiction Copy hold / Volume hold Checked out 07/27/2019
Niagara-on-the-Lake FIC GILBE 31963004143493 New Fiction Copy hold / Volume hold Checked out 07/25/2019
Rittenhouse FIC Gilbe 32761002610482 Adult Fiction Copy hold / Volume hold Checked out 07/30/2019
Thorold FIC GILBE 32581002270990 Adult Fiction Copy hold / Volume hold In transit -

14 current holds with 6 total copies.


Related Subjects

Young women
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)


Love stories.
Pastoral fiction.

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