Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Are you a fan of flâneurs and flâneuses? If so, you will love this delightful story of 85-year-old Lillian as she heads out to dinner at Delmonico's on New Year's Eve, and winds up taking a ten-mile trek. It's a proto-feminist tale inspired by the life of Margaret Fishback, a Macys copywriter and light verse poet who at the time was said to be the most successful woman in advertising, and yet still was forced to design when as a married woman, she became pregnant. 

— Daniel Goldin

An unforgettable literary heroine walks the Manhattan streets she's cherished for over eighty years, reflecting on her once highly successful advertising career at Macy's and the choices that cut it short. Readers who love A Man Called Ove and Florence Gordon will love the witty and determined Lillian!

— Jane Glaser

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410499660
ISBN-10: 1410499669
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2017
Pages: 434
Language: English