Revelling unabashedly in hedonism and excess, the characters in City of Girls are bursting with life and vigour. Vivian is seamstress to the showgirls of a revue bar in s Manhattan, throwing herself in to the glamour of her new life with wild abandon.
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But there are dangerous choices to make and different identities to craft if she wants to survive in wartime New York. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre.
There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses. Exile in New York is no exile at all: here in this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop. And when the legendary English actress Edna Watson comes to the Lily to star in the company's most ambitious show ever, Vivian is entranced by the magic that follows in her wake.
But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new.
After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is,' she confides. And so Vivian sets forth her story, and that of the women around her - women who have lived as they truly are, out of step with a century that could never quite keep up with them.
This is that book, set across the glittering fabric of a lost New York. A big novel in all senses with a powerful charm that will surely propel it towards the bestseller lists. Elizabeth Gilbert is an American novelist, short story writer and journalist, best known for her travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love and its follow up about the institution of marriage, Committed.
Her latest book is the s set novel City of Girls. An incredible story set in the Big Apple.
Vivian is a young impressionable girl who has arrived in this city that never sleeps. Her greatest talent is that she happens to be a dab hand with a sewing machine. Taught by What a life Vivian had, full of glamour, sex, adventure now she looks back on her life and tells her story. This re like a memoir; I felt like I was sitting down to hear my Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?
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