IBNA- Romance-historical novel, 'City of Girls' (2019) by celebrated American author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert which features the pleasures and pains of a real life has been published in Persian.
This is the third novel by Elizabeth Gilbert whose memoir, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, spent 57 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the New York Times paperback bestseller list. 'City of Girls' is set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s and is told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth. 'City of Girls' has been translated into Persian by Nazanin Ehsani Tabatabaei and released by Jomhouri Publishing in 424 pages.
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 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 a 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."