Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

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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. A love letter to city life no matter how shiny or sleazy, 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, from the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250113320
Characteristics: viii,287 pages :,map (some colour) ;,22 cm.

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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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cknightkc
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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Oct 09, 2018

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