City of Girls:
Tickets on sale now (book included)
June 18, 2019
7:00 PM ET
(Doors at 6:30)
1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge MA 02138
$29.75 (book included) - On Sale Now
Harvard Book Store welcomes ELIZABETH GILBERT, the beloved, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, for a discussion of her latest novel, City of Girls.
This event does not include a book signing. Books included with tickets are pre-signed editions of City of Girls, personally signed by the author. Additional pre-signed copies will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last.
About City of Girls
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.
"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 review
"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." —LitHub
Tickets are available online only at harvard.com and harvardbookstore.eventbrite.com. All tickets include a copy of City of Girls. Books bundled with tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.
Memorial Church is located in the center of Harvard Yard, across from Widener Library.
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While we can't guarantee fulfillment of a signed book pre-order, our authors are almost always able to sign extra books to fulfill such orders.
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- Call us at (617) 661-1515 and one of our booksellers will take your order. Specify you'd like a signed copy.
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