Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

A Novel by Kathleen Rooney

  • Published: Sep 16, 2020

"Between author Rooney's story and narrator Xe Sands's craftsmanship, this Walk will sweep listeners off their feet... Through Sands we feel the force of Lillian's personality with all its drive, wit, and grace as well as the... read more

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Details of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Exact title of the book
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Book author
Kathleen Rooney
ISBN
9781427282385
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Jan 17, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Between author Rooney's story and narrator Xe Sands's craftsmanship, this Walk will sweep listeners off their feet... Through Sands we feel the force of Lillian's personality with all its drive, wit, and grace as well as the counterforces that want to constrain it." AudioFile Magazine Fall 2016 Library Journal Editors' Pick "In my reckless and undiscouraged youth," Lillian Boxfish writes, "I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street" She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R. H.

Macys 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 its 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. Its chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier nowher son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowlbut 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 changedand 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.

About author

ROONEY is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She has been recognized as one of Newcity Lit's "Lit 50 Who Really Books in Chicago 2016." Her precious work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Rumpus, The Nation, the New York Times Book Review, the Poetry Foundation website, and the Chicago Tribune. Kathleen was named "Best Novelist" by the Chicago Reader in 2017.

She is married to the novelist Martin Seay.

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