Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

" Chicagoan Rooney's witty, funny novel about a witty, funny, whip smart woman named Lillian Boxfish is an absolute blast! Lillian, based on a real person, is a woman ahead of her time--she's 'the highest paid woman in advertising' in the early 1930's and achieves fame as a poet as well.  As she walks through Manhattan on New Year's Eve 1984, she recalls her fascinating life.  Really fun! "  - Recommended by Greg

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ISBN: 9781250113320
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, "in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it."


Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It's chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now--her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl--but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed--and has not.


A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.


Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.