Book Review: City of Girls


Book Review

City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest novel, “City of Girls,” is a delectable and raucous romp through New York City’s golden age of theater.

Set in Manhattan against the backdrop of World War II, “City of Girls” is a coming-of-age tale of the black sheep daughter of a well-to-do family. Having disgraced them by dropping out of Vassar, free-spirited Vivian is sent to live with her bohemian aunt who owns the Lily Playhouse — a deteriorating theater perpetually running the risk of closing its doors.

Along with her new found freedom, dining and dancing in the big city with showgirls from the Lily, rubbing elbows with the elite in the finest nightclubs, and cavorting with any man who will buy her a cocktail, Vivian is thrust into a world of opulence and danger.

If you’ve only read Gilbert’s non-fiction works (“Eat, Pray, Love” and “Big Magic”), grab a copy of “City of Girls,” a glass of cabernet sauvignon, and allow yourself to be transported by this irreverent and magical tale.
– Review by Beverly Allen Custer