Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
On New Year’s Eve 1984 in New York City, octogenarian Lillian Boxfish has an early dinner at neighborhood restaurant. After dinner, she suddenly decides to walk from Murray Hill downtown to Delmonico’s restaurant for a nightcap.
Clad in a mink coat and navy-blue fedora, she encounters bodega clerks, thugs, bartenders, waiters, and limo drivers and stumbles into two New Year’s celebrations.
As she passes old haunts and landmarks, she reflects on her long life as a highly paid advertising executive for R.H. Macy’s, a published poet, mother, wife, and ex-wife.
Witty and observant, Lillian Boxfish is a memorable walking companion!
Who Wrote It:
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her previous work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Rumpus, and the Chicago Tribune.
What Other Reviewers Say:
The New York Times: “Lillian’s wide-ranging meditations are reason enough to read this charming novel, but it’s also like taking a street-level tour through six decades of New York.”