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Alone and lonely on New Year's Eve, an 85-year-old woman, once the toast of Manhattan's literary elite, recalls the glittering metropolis she once knew on a long walk from her Murray Hill apartment to welcome in 1985 at a friend's home in Chelsea. Her talent and the wealth she accrued didn't spare Lillian Boxfish from enduring difficult times. Her recollections are wistful, reflective, and even regretful but, like the darkened city around her, she never succumbed to defeat. This is a lady worth taking a journey with. — Alden Graves
“Join 85-year-old Lillian on a New Year's Eve stroll through Manhattan, a city as changed by time as Lillian herself. As with Joyce's Ulysses, the reader is privy to a life told in snapshots of memory within a single day. Based loosely on the life of Margaret Fishback, Lillian is a former Depression-era advertising copywriter for R.H. Macy's and a poet of light verse. She is also a mother and an ex-wife. Rooney's work has a light touch, but she is never frivolous. Rooney has the capacity to portray depth within brevity, pain within humor. Here is a novel that both entertains and enlightens, a balance rarely achieved.”
— Sarah Sorensen (E), Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
Library Journal Editors' Pick
It's the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk.
As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls, Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.
A love letter to city life however shiny or sleazy 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.