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Lillian Boxfish takes a walk / Kathleen Rooney.

By: Rooney, Kathleen, 1980-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Daunt Books, 2017Description: 276 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781911547013; 1911547011.Subject(s): City and town life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction | Interpersonal relations -- Fiction | Older women -- Fiction | Reminiscing -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction.Summary: "In my reckless and undiscouraged youth," Lillian Boxfish writes, "I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street ..." She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, "in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it." Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It's chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now--her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl--but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed--and has not. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, 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. Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young"-- Provided by publisher.
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A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk 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.

"In my reckless and undiscouraged youth," Lillian Boxfish writes, "I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street ..." She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, "in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it." Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It's chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now--her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl--but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed--and has not. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, 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. Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young"-- Provided by publisher.

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Once the highest paid female copywriter in the country, Lillian (Lily to her friends, Lils to her faithless mate) is intelligent, witty, and rather wonderful. On this New Year's Eve of 1984, at 85 years of age, she strolls the streets of her Manhattan, recalling what it used to be like; how she made her mark on the world as a copywriter for Macy's and writer of best-selling Dorothy Parker-like books of verse; how she fell like a boatload of bananas for a handsome heel; and how she became a loving if uneager mother. She has written well and been well paid, fought for the rights of women in the workplace, has known too much drink and her share of despair. But she survives. While her frequent perambulations reveal a New York that has changed irrevocably, Lillian lives with the hope that her greatest love, the city, will rise again. There is a melancholy behind her words, and reader Xe Sands voices poignancy, old age, wit, and youthful snark beautifully, although with a few mis-pronunciations VERDICT Reminiscent of Amor Towles's Rules of Civility; listeners won't be blamed for wanting to return to Lillian Boxfish's New York. Magical.--Ellen Abrams, Library Journal © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.