Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading as soon as they're published.. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further ado, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . .  

City of Girls 
Publication Date:  June 4, 2019
Publisher:  Riverhead Books

From Goodreads:  From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.

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 ninety-five 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.
My thoughts:  I am a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan, and have enjoyed nearly all of her fiction and non-fiction books.  It's been a while since I've read one of her novels, so I'm really looking forward to this book's release.

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  1. I haven't tried her books before, but this one does sound good. And I love that cover. I hope you love it, Catherine.

  2. Hi Catherine!

    This sounds like a fun historical fiction novel, and it's a romance too!

    Here's my Wednesday post! Happy Hump Day!

  3. I absolutely adore the colours on that cover! I'm tempted to buy it just for that! Plus, I'm getting Evelyn Hugo vibes, which was one of my favourites last year.
    My WOW this week.

  4. I like the idea of the book being told from the viewpoint of a woman in late life looking back. For me, that often works well. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. This sounds fun plus I loved Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. I'll have to add this one to the TBR. Hope you enjoy it!

    My WoW

  6. I've not read Gilbert before but I may have to check her out now. Here's what I'm waiting on if you'd like to stop by!

  7. I've never really felt compelled to read anything by Elizabeth Gilbert but I must say this one looks soo good! adding to my TBR!

  8. Sounds pretty interesting. Hope you love it.