Book Club Discussion Questions: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I started a local book club back in January. We meet the last Saturday of each month. Generally I put three titles into an online survey for members to vote on. But since I knew Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel City of Girls was coming out on June fourth, I made an executive decision for us to read and discuss it at the end of the month!

As always, I went online to search for discussion questions. Even though it’s a new release, I was surprised I couldn’t find any, so I created my own. I’m posting them here for other clubs to use.


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Book Club Discussion Questions: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert


  1. What were your general feelings on the book as a whole?


  1. What did you think of the format of the story delivered as a letter written?


  1. A tag line for the book is “You don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person.” What do you think of that idea and how it relates to the characters in the story? And specifically to Vivian?


  1. Did you think Vivian’s indiscretion with Arthur and Cecilia was severe enough to warrant the reaction it did?


  1. New York City is a character in the story, how might it have been different if it was set in another city instead?


  1. Discuss how WWII affected those remaining in the US and the role it played in both Vivian’s life and the story’s narrative.


  1. A theme in the novel is loving people despite their undesirable habits. How was this beneficial for the characters to be giving and receiving of that kind of love?


  1. Unknown to each other, Frank and Vivian were both haunted by that one moment in a car when they were young. What did you think of Frank showing up in Vivian’s life and of their relationship?


  1. What was your favorite part of the novel?

I’d love to hear about how these questions work for your book club. Do you have any others you’d add?

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