Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

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Embarking on a walk across the unsafe landscape of Manhattan on New Year's Eve in 1984, 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish recalls her long and eventful life, which included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America, whose career was cut short by marriage and loss. By the author of O, Democracy!

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“Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”
People (People Picks Book of the Week)

“Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”
Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary…hilarious…Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)

"Rooney's delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor."
Booklist (starred review)

“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. 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.



Macmillan School
Set on New Year’s Eve, 1984, 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish walks the length of Manhattan and encounters a vibrant cross-section of fellow urbanites and recollects an eventful life.

Publisher: St Martins Press,, 2017
ISBN: 9781250113337
1250113334
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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anndubois1
Sep 09, 2018

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JCLKarynH May 03, 2018

Lillian Boxfish's New York odyssey of walking to her favorite haunts, while reminiscing about her bohemian days as the highest paid ad woman at R.H. Macy's in the 1920's, her friends and foes, battle with depression, poetry, love affairs, marriage feminism, motherhood, and everything in between is both delightful and bittersweet. As a frequent visitor to NYC, I loved reading about some of its iconic places. This story spans several decades and covers quite a lot of cultural and political change. Lillian is a well-rounded, relatable, and flawed character, whose wit is a joy to witness as she uses it to master any situation.

LPL_BeckyB Apr 19, 2018

This is one of those novels that will live in my mind for a long time. I found myself copying sentences thinking how much I want to remember and perhaps quote. I don't know a Lillian, exactly, but she reminds me so much of women mentors and friends throughout the years. Someone to admire and treasure while also gasping at her incredible intellect and the attached ego. What a dame!

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cknightkc
Apr 03, 2018

It took awhile, but around page 50 LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK began to grow on me, in relation to the title character, as well as author Kathleen Rooney’s writing style. It’s New Year’s Eve 1984, and octogenarian Lillian steps out her door to walk the sidewalks of NYC. For the next 280 pages the reader joins the spunky Lillian on her journey across Manhattan, which includes a number of memorable encounters with others she meets along the way. As she walks, Lillian looks back and reflects on the people and events that shaped her legendary life. Her experiences are shared with wit and compassion. LILLIAN BOXFISH not only pays homage to NYC over the years (1920s into the 1980s) but also salutes its central character, a strong intelligent woman definitely ahead of her time. Kudos to author Kathleen Rooney for her creativity, incorporating the writings of real-life inspiration Margaret Fishbank within this fictional story. If you’re in the mood for something original and different, look no further than the charming LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK.

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cbenallick
Mar 05, 2018

A fabulous read. The writer describes New York so vividly, I can just picture it in my mind. Ms Boxwood meets kind individuals on her very long walk through Manhattan.

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ferndonna
Feb 27, 2018

A great read. I'd love to take a walk and end with a drink at a local pub with the fictional Lillian Boxfish.
I've read much of Ms. Rooney's work and it's all terrific. This stands out as perhaps her best yet.

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Dtrasler
Nov 08, 2017

Borrowed this book for my wife. She loved it. One day, I'll read it too. I expect I will also love it.

samdog123 Oct 31, 2017

Lillian is the most wonderful female character that I've encountered in quite some time. Lillian, now 84, reminisces about her life during a long walk through New York city on New Year's eve, 1984. Born just before the turn of 1900, , she was the top female advertising woman for Macy's, quite a feat in those days. I love Lillian's spirit, intelligence, and her understanding of herself-where she's been and how far she's come. I treasure that I got to know her while I read the book and won't soon forget her.

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Sandee
Oct 02, 2017

A well-written and very enjoyable book. Lillian takes the reader on a long walk through the streets of New York City on New Year's eve (1984). As she walks, she shares the humour, happiness and some of the sadness of her life as a career "girl" in the 1930s, a published poet, someone who fell unexpectedly but totally in love (love at first sight) twice in her life (with the man who became her husband (who would have thought one could be hit by lightening while indoors), and with her new born son) -- the husband didn't last, but the son did -- and someone who feels that New York City is still her home (at the age of 84). But just a warning, some of the low points in her long life were very low indeed.

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EmilyEm
Aug 25, 2017

Octogenarian Lillian takes a walk in NYC on New Year’s Eve 1984. Ode to a city, ode to a well-lived life, ode to humor, pep, fun and laughter. Loved it.

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Apr 03, 2018

“If you love something, know that it will leave on a day you are far from ready.” - p.15

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cknightkc
Apr 03, 2018

“Any day you walk down a street and find nothing new but nothing missing counts as a good day in a city you love.” - p. 172

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