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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious glamor, sex, and adventure novel about a young woman finding you don’t need to be a good girl to be a good person.

“A spellbinding book about affection, liberty, and discovering your own joy.”-PopSugar “Intimate and beautifully seductive, razzle-dazzle with a trace of risk.”-USA Today “Pair well with a cocktail… or two.” -Skimm “Life is both fleeting and harmful, and there’s no place in giving yourself enjoyment or being anything but what you are.” Told from an elderly woman’s view as she thinks away with enjoyment and remorse on her childhood (but mostly with enjoyment), City of Girls discusses topics of female sexuality and promiscuity as well as the idiosyncrasies of real affection.

Due to her lackluster freshman-year results, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris was just thrown out of Vassar College in 1940. Her wealthy relatives take her to Manhattan to stay with her Aunt Peg, who runs the Lily Playhouse, a flamboyant, collapsing downtown theatre. From the fun-chasing showgirls to a hot masculine actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager, Vivian is exposed to a whole cosmos of unique and charismatic personalities. But when Vivian creates a private error that leads to professional scandal, it transforms upside down her fresh globe in respects that will require her years to fully comprehend. However, it ultimately brings her to a fresh knowledge of the kind of existence she yearns for-and the kind of liberty she needs to follow it. It will also contribute to her life’s passion, a love that sticks out from everything else.

Now eighty-nine years old and finally saying her tale, Vivian recalls how the occurrences of those years changed her career trajectory-and the taste and autonomy she entered it with. “She grows weary of being embarrassed all the moment at some stage in a woman’s lives,” she muses. “She’s safe to become whoever she really is after that.” Written with strong wisdom about human desire and relationship, City of Girls is like no other friendship tale.