City of Girls


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.

City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert Summary

Balad El Banat (Arabic: بلد البناتِ‎) is a film by an Egyptian Director, Amr Bayoumi, that was released in 2007 starring Farah Youssef, Somaia Al Joaini, Reem Hijab, Fareeda Al Juraidi. The film was written by Ola El Shafie and produced and distributed by Hani Girgis Fawzi. The movie revolves around the life experiences of four girls in their early 20s as soon as they move to the city of Cairo alone with no parental guidance...

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City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert Book Reviews (1,477)


If you love story telling...5 star

Then read this fabulous story! 55


Exquisitely spun tale5 star

Truly captivating story that sucked me in from the first page and kept my focus throughout the conclusion. 55

No No Nannette

City oh Girls5 star

Couldn’t put it down. That says it all. 55


Beautiful ❤️5 star

Loved everything about this book! 55


City of Girls5 star

Just what I needed! Refreshing and thought provoking. A beautiful story of a girl becoming a woman the best way she knew how... following her heart and her passion. A breath of fresh air for women who feel they need permission to be beautiful sexual beings- without societies opinions and judgements stopping them. 55


Hey5 star

Wyd 55

Pepper Whiles

Longest book ever1 star

I love my evening rituals of reading before bed to disconnect from the day/work. I never looked forward to this books next chapter, it was long winded and never ended! I always finish a book, this one was excruciating and I am so happy it's finished. 15


What fun!5 star

Loved the taboo subjects of the era and the strong female characters 55


So boring1 star

Nothing brought me into this story. I was really frustrated by page 300, I wanted to quit. I finished but really regret the time I wasted reading this... it was so dull. 15


Breathtaking5 star

I cried and rejoiced as I traveled down memory lane with Vivian Morris. She is a strong and honest character. The story she tells will have you holding your breath and at the end, if you are like me, you will exhale as you shed your tears. 55

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