Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (Large Print / Paperback)

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This novel follows "84 year old" New Yorker and former advertising star cum poet Lillian Boxfish as she, quite simply, walks around all of Manhattan on NYE 1984 and visits landmark sites of her life from the last 65 years. An endearing yet unreliable narrator, Lillian draws us into her history as a fiercely independent and successful woman mid-century, falling in love, and then falling apart. As 1985 approaches, she  reflects on how her city has changed despite her attempts at control through habit and routine. It's filled with an ennui that comes with the passing of time while not precluding a sense of hope for the goodness of people.

— Erin

February 2017 Indie Next List


“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

About the Author


KATHLEEN 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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781432847661
ISBN-10: 143284766X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 434
Language: English