City of Girls

The City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

This is Gilbert’s newest release, from 2019.  There was a lot of buzz about this one, which sometimes makes me nervous the book isn’t going to live up to the hype. Luckily, it does!

The Premise:  Vivian is 89 years old, telling the story of her life living and working in the 1940 NYC theater district.  She is telling the story to a woman named Angela. We know that Angela and Vivian have only met a couple of times but that Angela has written to ask Vivian, “given that my mother has passed away, I wonder if you might now feel comfortable telling me what you were to my father?”

Who was Angela’s father?  We eventually do learn who he was, but not until Vivian shares her adventures with playboys and showgirls as she comes of age in the wild environment of a run-down theater in Manhattan. Vivian will not be rushed in telling her story, and what a wild story she has!  

The epigraph is perfect for this book:

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm,” – Colette

If you are interested in a story about a sassy woman who tells it like it is, pick this one up and enjoy!!


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