Elizabeth Gilbert is a fantastic writer. One of the best working today.
This book is one crazy coming-of-age story.
It’s 1940 and good-time gal Vivian Morris has just been expelled from Vassar, but she doesn’t much mind.
Her parents, on the other hand, are less than thrilled, so they dispatch their dawdling daughter to New York to live with her aunt Peg—the charismatic proprietor of a past-its-prime theater that is home to a quirky, cobbled-together family of thespians and showgirls (whom you will genuinely miss when the last page is turned).
Here, Vivian sets out to become someone interesting, and in short order commits a colossal youthful indiscretion that makes her interesting for all the wrong reasons.
… she slyly imparts some hard-won wisdom into this bawdy but bighearted novel, written as an antidote to the grief Gilbert was experiencing after the loss of her partner, Rayya Elias:
“Life is dangerous and fleeting. And thus there is no point in denying yourself pleasure or adventure while you are here.”
To that end, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of reading City of Girls.
—Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review
I want to read all her books:
- Stern Men (2000)
- The Signature of All Things (2013)
- City of Girls (2019)
- The Last American Man (2002)