Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (Large Print / Paperback)

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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

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