City of Girls

City of Girls

Audiobook CD - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Audio/Books on Tape,, [2019]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2019
ISBN: 9781984888464
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC GIL
Characteristics: 12 audio discs (15 hours) :,digital ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, 1.4 m. per second, stereo, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda

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Jessica: I have just listened to “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I had zero expectations going into it, but it was an excellent listen. The narrator got the New York accents just right and the feel for New York in the 40’s was vivid. The theatre world and roles for women in theatre and s... Read More »


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