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City of Girls: A Novel

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Blair Brown

15 Hours 9 Minutes

Penguin Audio

June 2019

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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.

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  • Kelly V.

    This book is FABULOUS!! The narrator is pure perfection and the quick wit will have you laughing out loud. A must listen!!!!

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  • Bianca1976

    This book was not what I was expecting in a wonderful way. I was so pleasantly surprised with this story. It just made me smile! The narrator, Blair Brown, is spectacular and makes a brilliant book that much better! I hope I can find other books narrated by her! Highly recommend this book! I really enjoyed it.

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  • Linda S.

    Because this book was such a candid account of a woman of great insight and capacity to love , I found it spellbinding. I could not put it out of my mind. It was sexually explicit unlike women of her day which also made it intriguing and fun. That alone plus the characters around Vivian gave me a real sense of nostalgia. After all, we all women have pasts weather we talk about them or not but the honesty that Vivian lives was a refreshing reminder of why I love my girlfriends ❤️

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  • Anonymous

    Loved this book! The story was so engaging and about a women that were ahead of there time, free thinkers, independent but still love men.

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  • Julie B.

    Obviously, Elizabeth Gilbert is a major literary talent, but the narrator of this book has made me a fan of her authentic reading, agility and skill. I'd listen to her read the ingredients in a Happy Meal!

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  • Linda R.

    Quite long but very enjoyable: I especially enjoyed learning of the early theater plays and how they were cleverly put together. It did take me awhile to realize the title of the book was the title of the play.

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  • Renee S.

    This story was so racy, yet heart wrenching, all at the same time! It felt both shocking & exciting to see how the heroine ignored so many of the traditional values that society expected of her. The narrator was simply amazing, truly the icing on the cake!

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  • Anonymous

    Loved this book! Narrator was great! Now what I expected in the best way!

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  • Anonymous

    I absolutely loved how this book was read to me! Her voice and inflection was right on spot with every sentence. The story was so captivating I couldn’t put it down. Truly enjoyed this audio book!

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  • Cathy S.

    really bad read -would not recommend. stupid , frivolous , boring

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