Elizabeth Gilbert’s CITY OF GIRLS narrated by Blair Brown

I know Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE. This novel is completely different. Set in New York City in the 1940s, amongst flamboyant theatrical types, I honestly didn’t expect this book to hold my interest. Perhaps narrator Blair Brown helped me get over my initial skepticism. Whatever it was, something kept me going.

Of course, I loved unconventional Aunt Peg, the protagonist’s bad-girl best friend and the glamorous British actress (whose name I can’t remember.) Everything seems so glamorous, so perfect, so too-good-to-be-true to protagonist 19-year-old Vivian Morris…until she makes one stupid mistake and the bottom falls out of her world.

If you want a fun, light read about a bygone time, this is the book for you! Five stars.