This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing how to fight a girl book online details and making it more concise. July Learn how and when to remove this template message Haley Macklin Jodelle Ferland is an academically advanced high school student. She sees herself as an outsider because she has skipped a grade.
Vivian Morris, a young costume designer, is photographed kissing Celia Ray, a showgirl, while an actor looks on lasciviously. It leads to a fiery fight, a sobbing phone call, a tabloid scandal, and a late-night caper in a nightclub.
After 's Eat, Pray, Love sold 12 million copies, Gilbert became a bona fide celebrity, and subsequent events in her life—a divorce from the man she fell in love with at the end of the book; a new romance with her best friend, Rayya Alias, who later died of pancreatic cancer—have only furthered her place in the public imagination.
For 13 years Gilbert has personified an idea of modern womanhood that is instinctively appealing. Even if Vivian feels as though her life was ruined, the stakes—the loss of a job as a costume designer—feel somewhat ephemeral, especially with a deadly war as its backdrop.
City of Girls is a testament to Gilbert's restless curiosity. She spent years researching the artistic scene of the city in the s, interviewing some of the actors, actresses, and dancers who experienced it firsthand.
Their effect on the book is clear; the first half thrums with the rhythms of a just barely-disappeared New York accent, but one that becomes repetitive during lengthy interactions between the characters.
Because Gilbert has a bewitching voice that comes through even when she is trying to mask it, though, City of Girls remains a vibrant novel about a woman balancing her desires with the age in which she lives—even if the more interesting woman doing just that remains Gilbert herself. Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss a story.