City of Girls

By Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Release Date: 2019-06-04
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 867 Ratings



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.


  • Great Read!

    By easumeng1
    Great read! Towards the end got a little “repetitive” but overall I really really enjoyed the book!
  • Devoured This Book—but was left wishing for just a bit more by the end

    By My fav video app
    This is an excellent book, don’t get me wrong. I am not a writer and could not ever be anything close to as good of a writer as Elizabeth Gilbert. I am here for all her novels, all day! The only reason I didn’t give it a full 5-stars is simply because it felt like the story peaked too soon. I devoured it so fiercely and then it waned a bit and I was saddened by the change in the storyline. The evolved nature of main character, Vivian Morris, was one that I could wholeheartedly believe. I just wish we could have seen a better resolution of some of the other characters.
  • City of Girls

    By Readingbythesea
    Wonderful touching story from start to end.
  • City of Girls

    By krismissB
    Timeless. Riveting. Raw and authentic.
  • Places and characters felt so real.

    By M&Em&Abby
    The author’s descriptions so perfectly describe a woman who loved an imperfect life of excitement, adventure, and redemption. So real. I’m so in love with this story.
  • I can’t open the book

    By satahinnyc99
    There seems to be a malfunction the book will not open even though I have purchased it. Hopefully apple reimburses me.
  • City of Girls

    By Am book reader
    Oh...a fantastic book. Never wanted it to end. I loved the feel of NYC in the war years, tough as they were. Ms. Gilbert writes with love and passion, her characters are real and feel like old friends. Absolutely recommend this book. I loved it!
  • City of Girls

    By Joanabake
    A story told in breathtaking reality of a young girl’s journey to adulthood and through life itself within the world of New York and the theatre during the Second World War. Vivian Morris came alive for me in these pages.
  • City Of Girls

    By TMclivesreading
    Awesome reading of the life of New York in the World War II Era!!! Great details that make you feel like you are there!!
  • Tremendous!

    By KristyMac84
    A vibrant, deeply affecting, and wonderfully rich coming of age story in 1940s New York. The city is her own glorious character, and you feel transported into another era that is sadly gone for good. The cast of eccentric, flawed, complex and eminently lovable characters make you long for just a little more time in their company as this sweeping novel draws to a close. I couldn’t put it down.