AUTHOR PLATFORM: Following her last bestselling nonfiction Big Magic, Gilbert’s return to fiction, her original form, is a reason to celebrate. This is the medium in which she first won reader’s hearts. And her brand is bigger and sturdier than ever.
THE PERFECT SUBJECT MATTER: This is the perfect novel from Elizabeth Gilbert - merging the messages of love and liberation from Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic with her established talent for historical fiction. But it’s also the pleasurable escape that readers crave these days- smart, fun, and perfect for summer.
HISTORICAL FICTION WITH A CAPTIVATING VOICE AND A LIGHT HEART: Gilbert brings her trademark warm, funny, easy voice to the telling of this delightful story.
A STORY THAT FEELS LIKE ENTERTAINMENT, A CELEBRATION: No depressing WWII historical fiction, this is a story of fun and sex and love and friendship, a story in sexual appetite is celebrated not punished. Rules of Civility crossed with Sex and the City, set in 1940s New York.
STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER: Vivian Morris will recall Katey Kontent from Rules of Civility, a strong female narrator discovering New York City through electric new friendships.
Praise for City of Girls:
“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
“A combination of lust, scandal, and fun, this is another novel you won’t be able to put down.” –Good Housekeeping
“Everything is new to Vivian, the city is her oyster, and the characters she meets there are larger-than-life.”– New York Post, Best Beach Reads of 2019
”Elizabeth Gilbert weaves an intricate tale… In a coming-of-age story, the reader is roped into the fanciful summer Vivian spends in the city—and the colorful characters she meets along the way.“—Oprahmag.com
”Lively.“ – Vogue
”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 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
“It’s a spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.” – PopSugar
“Perfect…a page-turner with heart complete with a potent message of fulfillment and happiness.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Reading City of Girls is pure bliss, thanks to its spirited characters, crackling dialogue, rollicking yet affecting story lines, genuinely erotic scenes, and sexual intelligence, suspense, and incisive truths.”—Booklist, starred review
“Delightful…Terrific characters, gorgeous clothing, great one-liners, convincing wartime atmosphere, and excellent descriptions of sex…Don’t miss out on her wonderful novels any longer.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred reviw
“Gilbert takes us to New York City in the glamorous 1940s, where the sex was plentiful and showgirls just wanted to have fun.”—Oprahmag.com
“Gilbert’s fiction—especially as it deals with the unlikely routes women take when the familial mold is shattered—is where it’s really at…City of Girls, about young women in the sparkling and salacious theater world of 1940s New York, looks to be another story about the barriers women face—and catapult—while pleasure-seeking.”—Vulture
“The perfect summer read.”—Hello Giggles
“[R]ich with memorable characters.”—BuzzFeed News
“A new book from [Gilbert] is a major literary event. And this novel is an event—a sexy, scandalous love story set in the 1940s NYC theater world. Can’t wait.”—LitHub
“City of Girls is the beautiful, poignant story of what it takes to live the life you truly want.”—Bookbub
“A novel exploring themes of female sexuality and promiscuity in the 1940s, written by the author of Eat, Pray, Love? Sign me TF up.” –Cosmopolitan.com
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