We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the library. Find a location near you.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel
(Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(3)
4 star
 
(2)
3 star
 
(2)
2 star
 
(0)
1 star
 
(1)
Published:
St. Martin's Publishing Group 2017
Status:
Checked Out
Description

NOW A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
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.
"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.
Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.
"Transporting...witty, poignant and sparkling."
People (People Picks Book of the Week)

Also in This Series
Formats
Adobe EPUB eBook
Works on all eReaders (except Kindles), desktop computers and mobile devices with reading apps installed.
Kindle Book
Works on Kindles and devices with a Kindle app installed.
OverDrive Read
Need Help?
If you are having problem transferring a title to your device, please fill out this support form or visit the library so we can help you to use our eBooks and eAudio Books.
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
Format:
Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
Street Date:
01/17/2017
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250113337
ASIN:
B01HMNEXUA
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Kathleen Rooney. (2017). Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel. St. Martin's Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Kathleen Rooney. 2017. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel. St. Martin's Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel. St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2017.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Kathleen Rooney. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel. St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2017.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2022. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Shared Digital Collection10

There is 1 hold on this title.

Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
84d8114b-766c-a144-3e59-192baa3a54b0
Go To Grouped Work
Needs Update?:
No
Date Added:
Jun 12, 2018 18:16:29
Date Updated:
Sep 18, 2023 20:10:36
Last Metadata Check:
Apr 14, 2024 09:56:25
Last Metadata Change:
Oct 24, 2023 18:46:17
Last Availability Check:
Apr 14, 2024 09:56:28
Last Availability Change:
Mar 31, 2024 11:20:01
Last Grouped Work Modification Time:
Apr 18, 2024 02:10:20

OverDrive Product Record

images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/2390-1/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/2390-1/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/2390-1/780/D06/49/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/2390-1/780/D06/49/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
formats
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781250113337
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B01HMNEXUA
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781250113337
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 9781250113320
mediaType
eBook
primaryCreator
    • role: Author
    • name: Kathleen Rooney
isOwnedByCollections
True
title
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
dateAdded
2017-01-06T03:35:24.54Z
contentDetails
      • href: https://link.overdrive.com?websiteID=141&titleID=2830329
      • type: text/html
      • account:
          • name: Sacramento Public Library (CA)
          • id: 1151
sortTitle
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk A Novel
crossRefId
2830329
subtitle
A Novel
id
780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C
starRating
3.7

OverDrive MetaData

isPublicDomain
False
formats
      • fileName: LillianBoxfishTakesa_9781250113337_2830329
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 1722653
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781250113337
      • rights:
            • type: Copying
            • value: 0
            • type: Printing
            • value: 0
            • type: Lending
            • value: 0
            • type: ReadAloud
            • value: 0
            • type: ExpirationRights
            • value: 0
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • isReadAlong: False
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • onSaleDate: 1/17/2017
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=780d0649-b64c-4eaf-baeb-2ee70581985c&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: LillianBoxfishTakesa_2830329
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B01HMNEXUA
      • name: Kindle Book
      • isReadAlong: False
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • onSaleDate: 1/17/2017
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=780d0649-b64c-4eaf-baeb-2ee70581985c&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: LillianBoxfishTakesa_9781250113337_2830329
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 731475
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781250113337
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • isReadAlong: False
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • onSaleDate: 1/17/2017
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=780d0649-b64c-4eaf-baeb-2ee70581985c&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
keywords
      • value: Historical
      • value: feminist
      • value: Manhattan
      • value: working women
      • value: Madison Avenue
      • value: Women Authors
      • value: 1930s
      • value: new york city
      • value: poet
      • value: 1980s
      • value: Jazz Age
      • value: Advertising industry
      • value: christmas gift
      • value: contemporary literary fiction
      • value: elderly women
      • value: dual timelines
      • value: mad men era
      • value: cathleen roony
      • value: inspired by margaret fishback
      • value: older female character
      • value: successful career women
creators
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Rooney, Kathleen
      • bioText: 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 2018." Her previous work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Rumpus, The Nation, 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.
      • name: Kathleen Rooney
imprint
St. Martin's Press
publishDate
2017-01-17T00:00:00-05:00
isOwnedByCollections
True
title
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
fullDescription

NOW A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
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.
"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.
Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.
"Transporting...witty, poignant and sparkling."
People (People Picks Book of the Week)

reviews
      • premium: False
      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: "Irresistible...funny and touching....This witty and heartfelt ode to a city, to its infinite variety, to its melting pot of citizens not only enchants but offers an important lesson: that human connections and work are what give life meaning."
      • premium: False
      • source: People (People Picks Book of the Week)
      • content: "Transporting...witty, poignant and sparkling."
      • premium: False
      • source: Chicago Tribune
      • content: "Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal."
      • premium: False
      • source: Wall Street Journal
      • content: "Needle-sharp."
      • premium: False
      • source: Nancy Pearl
      • content:
        "I love this book....Just wonderful....A picture of a woman who tried and succeeded in making it in what was a man's profession."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist (starred review)
      • content: "Rooney's delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney's nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Christian Science Monitor (10 Best Books of January)
      • content: "Effervescent...steeped in humanity and wit."
      • premium: False
      • source: Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
      • content: "If you haven't read Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, you'll want to rectify that immediately. It is tart and charming and might make you miss your Nanna."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        Starred review from October 17, 2016
        Inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and Macy’s ad-writing phenom of the 1930s, Rooney imagines an extraordinary walk through the streets of New York City on the last night of 1984, one that triggers a flood of memories for fictional ad woman Lillian Boxfish. The octogenarian muses on the changing urban landscape as she stops at favorite haunts: an intimate neighborhood bar that’s just installed a TV, a restaurant where she’s dined every New Year’s Eve that’s about to change owners, the famed Delmonico’s, where she ended her marriage. Further stops include a changing lower Manhattan landscape where she meets a haunted Vietnam veteran and engages him in a “best last-line contest,” a detour to a hospital emergency room with a frightened woman about to have her first baby, and a party where she’s both scorned and adored by a new generation of artists, followed by a hilarious encounter with three muggers. Meanwhile, Lillian carefully recounts her celebrated career in advertising, her adored husband and son, and her emotional breakdown. Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge the past and future. Agent: Lisa Bankoff, ICM Partners.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        October 15, 2016
        A poet and writer of clever, innovative ad copy, Margaret Fishback was admired in her time--the pre-Mad Men era--but is mostly forgotten now. Rooney (O, Democracy!, 2014, etc.) has written a lively, fictionalized version of Fishback's story, drawing on real milestones but imagining her subject's inner life.Rooney's Lillian Boxfish comes to Manhattan in 1926 to make her mark. A smart, stylish, independent young woman, she lands a job at R.H. Macy's, where she turns out witty rhymes that promote the department store; on her own, she writes light verse, eventually published in several volumes. Though a self-styled "scoffer at love," Lillian falls hard for Max Caputo, the head rug buyer at Macy's. They marry, but when she becomes pregnant with their son, Johnny, she's forced to quit her job--maternity leave being a thing of the future. The marriage eventually fractures, and Lillian suffers a mental breakdown. Intercut with this narrative is the more fanciful story of Lillian's adventures on New Year's Eve 1984. An old woman now, she roams the streets of Manhattan alone, passing landmarks public as well as private and befriending several New York characters (all too benevolent to be believed) along the way. The city is in decline--the Subway Vigilante is on the loose--which Lillian seems to equate with her own fall from grace. But the chance encounters lift her spirits, helping her come to terms with her past. While the book effectively underscores the fierce struggles of career women like Lillian in a pre-feminist time, it can also feel schematic. And Lillian's dialogue is sometimes too arch, too written, to be credible. There is plenty of charm and occasional poignance here even if the novel makes you long for a proper biography of the real woman who inspired it.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        Starred review from December 1, 2016
        Glamorous and ambitious Lillian Boxfish was celebrated in front-page articles in 1931 as the highest paid advertising woman in America. She was also famous for her best-selling books of wryly irreverent light verse. One secret to her success was her love of New York City and her devotion to daily walks. Now 85 and still venturing out on foot in all seasons and still in full possession of her gift for pithy, droll, and mischievous language ( Solutions of style have a greater moral force than those of obligation ), Lillian decides to celebrate 1984's New Year's Eve by dining as she does every year at a favorite restaurant, then walking through the city to attend a party to which she was invited by a young photographer she met in the park. On this reckless odyssey, mink-clad Lillian is both embraced and accosted by strangers, all while contemplating the changes the years have brought to her and her beloved city. Poet and novelist Rooney (O, Democracy! 2014) found sublime inspiration, thanks to a librarian friend, in real-life ad writer and poet Margaret Fishback. Her delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney's nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        August 1, 2016

        On New Year's Eve, 1984, 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish walks through Manhattan, offering a slowly unfolding view of the still crime-tense city even as Lillian recalls an older era, when she left her career as the highest-paid advertising woman in America for marriage. Big in-house love for this new novel from Rooney (O, Democracy!).

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        Starred review from December 1, 2016

        It's New Year's Eve 1984 and indomitable octogenarian Lillian Boxfish has places to go. Manhattan is her playground, and she's not going to let a subway vigilante or the winter chill keep her indoors. Outfitted in her beloved mink coat, which she bought for herself in 1942, Lillian briskly sets off from her Murray Hill apartment, reminiscing about her illustrious career as the highest-paid woman in advertising, her first love, Max, and her darling son, Gian. She joins a family of strangers at Delmonico's for dinner, charms a Filipino convenience store clerk, smartly tells off a boor at a trendy loft party, and unflappably transforms a mugging into a business transaction. Lillian's needle-sharp observations are astute and her unceasing love for New York City shines through. Her life has not always been breezy, but she keeps putting one fashionable foot in front of the other. VERDICT Rooney (O, Democracy!) takes us on a delightful stroll with a colorful character, inspired by the life of poet and ad woman Margaret Fishback, sprinkling just the right details and arch bons mots appropriate to Lillian's reputation as a woman of words. [See Prepub Alert, 8/1/16; Editors' Fall Picks 2016, LJ 9/1/16.]--Christine Perkins, Whatcom Cty. Lib. Syst., Bellingham, WA

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        December 1, 2016

        It's New Year's Eve 1984 and indomitable octogenarian Lillian Boxfish has places to go. Manhattan is her playground, and she's not going to let a subway vigilante or the winter chill keep her indoors. Outfitted in her beloved mink coat, which she bought for herself in 1942, Lillian briskly sets off from her Murray Hill apartment, reminiscing about her illustrious career as the highest-paid woman in advertising, her first love, Max, and her darling son, Gian. She joins a family of strangers at Delmonico's for dinner, charms a Filipino convenience store clerk, smartly tells off a boor at a trendy loft party, and unflappably transforms a mugging into a business transaction. Lillian's needle-sharp observations are astute and her unceasing love for New York City shines through. Her life has not always been breezy, but she keeps putting one fashionable foot in front of the other. VERDICT Rooney (O, Democracy!) takes us on a delightful stroll with a colorful character, inspired by the life of poet and ad woman Margaret Fishback, sprinkling just the right details and arch bons mots appropriate to Lillian's reputation as a woman of words. [See Prepub Alert, 8/1/16; Editors' Fall Picks 2016, LJ 9/1/16.]--Christine Perkins, Whatcom Cty. Lib. Syst., Bellingham, WA

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

popularity
1756
links
    • self:
        • href: https://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L1BWwAAAA2I/products/780d0649-b64c-4eaf-baeb-2ee70581985c/metadata
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
id
780d0649-b64c-4eaf-baeb-2ee70581985c
starRating
3.7
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/2390-1/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/2390-1/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/2390-1/780/D06/49/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/2390-1/780/D06/49/{780D0649-B64C-4EAF-BAEB-2EE70581985C}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False
languages
      • code: en
      • name: English
subjects
      • value: Fiction
      • value: Literature
publishDateText
01/17/2017
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 9781250113320
mediaType
eBook
shortDescription

NOW A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
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.
"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...

sortTitle
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk A Novel
crossRefId
2830329
subtitle
A Novel
publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
bisacCodes
      • code: FIC019000
      • description: Fiction / Literary
      • code: FIC041000
      • description: Fiction / Biographical
      • code: FIC069000
      • description: Fiction / City Life