New York, 1940: Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives with her suitcases and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her talents with a needle have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she finds employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her aunt's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel into creations for goddesses. In this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop... But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new.
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