City of Girls
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My mother had no idea what to do with me. We didn’t have the closest relationship even under the best of circumstances.
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My father didn’t know what to do with me, either, though he was busy running his hematite mine and didn’t overly concern himself with the problem of his daughter.
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As for my older brother, Walter, he was off doing great things at Princeton, and giving no thought to me, other than to disapprove of my irresponsible behavior.
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Oh, dear. Sometimes it takes a very long while to figure things out.
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A person only gets to move to New York City for the first time in her life once, Angela, and it’s a pretty big deal.
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You can have your perfect New York, and other people can have theirs—but that one will always be mine.
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Peg and Olive lived on the fourth floor of the Lily, in apartments separated by a common living area.
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But the third floor, where I got to live, is where all the interesting activity happened.
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When I think about the summer of 1940, Angela, I picture Celia Ray and me as two inky, dark points of lust sailing through the neon and shadows of New York City, in a nonstop search for action. And when I try to recall it in detail now, it all seems to run into one long, hot, sweaty night.
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Until that night, I’d been able to kid myself that Celia Ray and I were exactly the same—just two equally worldly and gutsy women, conquering the city and having fun. But clearly that wasn’t true. I had been recreationally dabbling in danger, but Celia knew danger. She knew things—dark things—that I didn’t know. She knew things that she didn’t want me to know.
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History has a pulse, they say—but mostly I have never been able to hear it, not even when it is drumming right in my goddamn ears.
Andrea Stoeckel
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When a rescuer comes to save you, don’t shoot arrows at him.”
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‘Live your life as you wish, my peach, but don’t let it bitch up the bloody show.’”
Andrea Stoeckel
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