City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

THIS IS A MUST READ!!! I LOVED it! Elizabeth Gilbert has such an amazing way of creating vivid imagery through her meticulous attention to detail. This was one of those books that I didn’t want to end. I tried to pace myself so that I didn’t read it all right away. But that didn’t work out too well and I ended up finishing it within less than two days. You will grow to love all of the characters and feel as though you know them. You will hurt when they hurt, celebrate when they encounter something positive etc.

“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 ninety-five 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.”

 

GoodReads Rating: 4

Page Count: 508

 

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