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City of Girls: A Novel Paperback – 7 April 2020

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  • Paperback : 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1594634742
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1594634741
  • Dimensions : 13.92 x 3.23 x 21.39 cm
  • Publisher : Penguin Publishing Group (7 April 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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Praise for City of Girls:

A novel as vibrant, sexy and wise as the author's megahit Eat Pray Love. - People Magazine

The girls and women of the book don't simply endure: they thrive, they dance, they live. Grab some champagne and toast... - OprahMag.com

Gilbert's new novel... is a pitch-perfect evocation of the era's tawdry glamour and a coming-of-age story whose fizzy surface conceals unexpected gradations of feeling. -New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

Gilbert stays true to her pledge that she won't let her protagonist's sexuality be her downfall, like so many literary heroines before her. That may be the most radical thing about a novel that otherwise revels in the old-fashioned pleasures of storytelling -- the right to fall down rabbit holes, and still find your own wonderland. - EntertainmentWeekly.com

A breezy, entertaining read -- and really, something better: a lively, effervescent, and sexy portrait of a woman living in a golden time... Passion, Gilbert never tires of informing us, that's the stuff of life. Not money, not the Darwinian struggle for survival, certainly not the family you are born with -- passion is our raison d'etre. It's what makes us feel we are rocketing through the streets of New York City during the best days of our lives. - NPR

Her story is rich with memorable characters... the larger-than-life leading lady... the alluring leading man--and a vibrant setting... Gilbert's expert world-building, flawless dialogue, and attention to detail places you right in the middle of the action. - Buzzfeed News

The lush prose and firm belief in love that suffuses City of Girls will be a cool place to hide out as we enter a heated summer season of contentious presidential politics.--San Francisco Chronicle

With all the conversations about sexual consent, it's risen up around the #MeToo movement... This author doesn't want us to forget there's also such a thing as female desire, the main character wants to have sex and she's not shy about hunting for it. - Whoopi Goldberg, The View 'Ladies Get Lit Summer Reads 2019'

Glittering, hot, funny, and drenched in pleasure... Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the most dazzling and luminous writers of our generation. She invites us to challenge the rules, hunt down adventure, and bear hug the highs and lows of life. - Marie Forleo, MarieTV

A moving novel about one woman's coming-of-empowerment... Gilbert wrote the kind of big-hearted historical novel you'll burn through in a weekend, then pass on to a friend. - Refinery 29

[Elizabeth Gilbert's] witty dialogue sparkles like diamonds in champagne. - The Washington Post

Of course, one could -- and many will -- read it on the beach, but consider instead staying up late to turn pages after midnight, next to an open window on a hot summer night, fireworks flaring in the distance. That experience would mirror this novel's story and its style: intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger. - USA Today

A light, fizzy summer cocktail with a strikingly complex finish... Gilbert's book is as deliciously refreshing as a fizzy summer drink, but truly, in its second half, it's also more like fine wine, thoughtfully crafted to be savored for its benefits. - The Boston Globe

The perfect summer read. - Hello Giggles

A glamorous, sexy novel. - PopSugar

Packed with showgirls, playboys, and sex--lots of it...being a 'good girl' isn't all it's cracked up to be. - InStyle

...pure, unadulterated entertainment. - The Daily Beast

The descriptions... of outfits, of drinks, of faces--are delicious, and the smart, snappy dialogue races along like a screwball movie. - The Seattle Times

Fiercely feminist, as well as jam-packed with uplifting truths about love and freedom, this phantasmagoria is both a feast for the senses and a balm for the soul. - Esquire.com

City of Girls is smart and wise, and if you also want your beach read to speak to your sense of desire, longing, adventure, and coming of age, it certainly will not disappoint. -goop.com

A fizzy cocktail of a novel... - The Wall Street Journal

Sparkling... City of Girls begs big questions about sex, chosen families, and being a woman. - Marie Claire

When Elizabeth Gilbert set out to write City of Girls, her goal was to tell a story of female promiscuity that didn't end in death or misfortune--a direct and delicious rebuttal to the tragic, sexist fates of the Emma Bovarys and Anna Kareninas of the canon. The result is a wildly entertaining summertime romp. -Elle

City of Girls tells the story of teenage Vivian's discovery of the life she wants to live: one full of pleasure, fun, frivolity and even scandal among the charismatic people who populate her aunt's midtown theater. - Good Housekeeping

[In City of Girls] there are some of the most brilliant and truthful evocations of youthful sexual exploration that you'll ever read. Gilbert says in her foreword that she set out to write a novel about 'promiscuous girls whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires'. She has triumphed. - Spectator USA

Elizabeth Gilbert--the best-selling writer, matron saint of divorced women, modern symbol of follow-your-bliss wisdom, believer in magic, and Oprah approved contemporary guru--has decided to go back in time... Ultimately, Gilbert wants us to question all the judgement society tosses at women like Vivian--and to question the nagging voice inside every girl telling her to be good. -Cosmopolitan

City of Girls embraces. . . the power of a woman breaking from a traditional path, and the wisdom of taking true, two-handed joy in the pleasures that life offers up... City of Girls is an unbeatable beach read, loaded with humor and insight. - Newsday

This is a booze-and sex-filled romp that, in the words of showgirl Celia Ray, 'makes you want to smoke too many cigarettes and laugh with your head thrown back.' - KMUW / Wichita NPR 89.1

City of Girls centers on relationships among women... exploring the promises and pitfalls of female friendships [and] the importance both of owning our mistakes and forgiving ourselves as well as others. - CS Monitor

City of Girls is more than a love letter to New York--it's a colorful portrait of what it means to be part of a theater company, or more accurately, to become a 'theater person'... Gilbert brings the reader into every moment happening just behind the curtain. --Bust Magazine

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