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City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert

Warwick’s & the University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences present
Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

Shiley Theatre
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
City of Girls
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$30.17 - One General Admission - Includes one pre-signed copy of City of Girls

  • Check-In starts at 3:15pm.
  • Please print out your tickets.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Customers will receive a pre-signed copy of City of Girls. Additional books will be available for purchase at this event.
  • Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot.
  • The event will begin on time, so please allow plenty of time to get from the parking structure to the theater.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love, as well as several other internationally bestselling books. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a best book of 2013 by The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker.

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019