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Her last work of fiction, The ature of All Thingswas a historical novel about an independent young woman pioneering her way in the world of 19th-century botany, but it was also about articulating female desire in an age when well-bred girls did not have the language to do so. Now, in her third full-length novel, City of Girlsshe puts that desire quite literally centre stage.
The Lily puts on modest musical revue shows with dancing girls for the local working-class audience and is always one step away from bankruptcy. There are other hints, too, that unbridled sexuality in young women is not always simple fun. On one occasion, Vivian and her worldly, older friend Celia are taken to a hotel room by three men; Celia, sensing danger, sends Vivian out for cigarettes and returns later with a black eye.
You must understand, though, that this was long before there was any sort of public conversation about such dark subjects — and thus we had no private conversations about them either. Vivian is recounting the events of her youth from the vantage point of her 90th year, in answer to a letter from a younger woman, Angela, who wants to know what Vivian had been to her father.
The book takes nearly s to come to the heart of that relationship, but it has its roots in the war, whose shadow is never far from the glitzy, sparkling world of Manhattan clubs and cocktails.
But for all its verve and sparkle, what appears to be a novel about sexual awakening turns out to be a warm and wise meditation on friendship, on the choices women make, and on the way that multifaceted relationships and sexuality are far from being modern phenomena. The Observer Fiction.
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