Take unfiltered youth, stir in equal parts sweet, bitter, and tart, strain through New York City, garnish with a flourish that brings down the house, and baby you got it: City of Girls by #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Poised to become the must-listen audiobook of the summer, we hustled hard and used all our charms to get into the studio with Tony Award-winning narrator Blair Brown and director May Wuthrich to hear them discuss the process of recording this sexy, wise, transformative story. The result was an effervescent conversation about character, relationships, and the grit that goes into narrating and directing an audiobook that both goes down easy and packs one helluva punch.
Listen to Blair and May in the studio minutes after recording wrapped on the City of Girls audiobook:
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You don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person.
In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, and her parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling New York theater. There Vivian is introduced to a cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters that blow her perception of life wide open. 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.
Now eighty-nine 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. Written and narrated with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.