Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be—in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While s ...more
Arriving in a Roaring Twenty...more
at a time of hope and plenty
Full of vim and joi de vivre
Aimed to stay and wouldn’t leave
Lilly made her mark with Macy
writing rhymes to make the case he
needed to attract the shopper.
Many tried, but none could top her.
Used her wit to publish books
of poems with a jaundiced look
At romance. And with each edition
earned more cash and recognition.
A true and very public spinster
’till a special guy convinced her
She should wear his golden band.
And risk some tarnish to her b
It's funny... I read most of this in bed -on my Kindle ebook - during the dark sleepy hours listening to the pouring rain outside my window, but I had never seen the book 'cover' until now. The cover perfectly captures the image of our leading lady. "Lillian Boxfish". Its exactly how I imagined h ...more
I really wish I could have loved this like some of my friends here did, not sure why I didn't. Maybe it was the tone that basically stayed the same throughout the novel or the fact that in many books in the past few years the elderly have walked with varying suc ...more
Never once in the company of this prolific, successful, mega charismatic woman do you feel betrayed--it contains the certainty of biography, with details so concrete & rich; you never truly fall out of her immediate orbit. She's irresistibly graceful & dignified to a faul ...more
On New Year’s Eve 1984, Lillian Boxfish takes a walk. During that walk, she recounts most of the major (and several minor) events in her life, starting in the 1920s. This life was filled with a glamorous career in advertising, a crumbling marriage and stints of electro-shock therapy.
This sounded really exciting. But to me it felt like when your grandma pulls you aside at Thanksgiving to tell you “back-in-my-day” stories.
I received an ARC of this through Netgalley. Thank you to ...more
Alternating between past and present, Lillian Boxfish revisits her very interesting and long life via a five mile nostalgic trek thru The Big Apple as one year ends and another begins.
During the walk, we learn first and foremost that Lillian has a natural gift of gab with an ability to influence and negotiate with even the toughest of opponents. Determined to be a spinster for life, she has a strong work ethic and...more
Lillian has had quite a life, is a true lady and she loves to walk, walks everywhere, and says ...more
★★★★★ 5 Lovely Stars!
I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!
For centuries poets have used walking as a conduit to meditate, drive inspiration and find a path to enlightenment. For 85 year-old Lillian Boxfish, the zany, clever protagonist of this novel, her years as a walking poet might be behind her, but she's still someone who has the ene ...more
But the message here is to enjoy life no matter what it thro ...more
I cannot thank the author, Kathleen Rooney or St. Martin’s Press enough for granting my early access to this book, which publishes January 17, 2017.
The Line - Per the publisher’s request no part of the text may be quoted until the book is published. Paraphrasing a sentence that gave me pause for thought is one that st ...more
Kathleen Rooney’s 2017 novel about, literally, Lillian Boxfish taking a walk is enchanting mainly because of her creation of the wonderfully charismatic character Lillian Boxfish.
In an Author’s note at the end, Rooney describes how Lillian was inspired by the real life Margaret Fishback, a successful advertising copyright in the 19302, but how beyond the inspiration Lillian Boxfish is her fictional creation.
Born in 1899 (but lying about her age for decades and saying she was born in 190 ...more
WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
Before I knew that this book was inspired by the true story of Margaret Fishback, I was wondering how the last name 'Boxfish'(and even Fishback for that matter) came about. It reminded me of the joke names chosen in the previous centuries when people were forced to choose a surname and many of them did it under great protest.
Names such as Obadiah Cockswinger and Chastity Goodtime resulted from it. Others were chosen for a different purpose and could easily be changed. For inst ...more
Ordered my hardcopy today. (Got to have the map!) Can't wait until my next trip to NYC so I can follow in Lillian's footsteps!
Profound. Utterly inspiring. This is an exceptional book. Lillian plans to walk to dinner on New Year's Eve, 1984, but she ends up walking miles through NYC, and through the decades of her life, both glamorous, tough, and back. Lillian herself is exceptional. ...more
Let me tell you a few of ...more
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk is a slow burn of a story, beautifully written and worth absorbing properly. It is based on the life of a real person and all the events and the settings rang true. ...more
And so, we are introduced to Lillian, a fictional representative of the once esteemed and highly paid advertising copy writer for R.H. Macy, New York for two decades beginning in the 1930s. Like Dorothy Parker who followed Fishback, snappy wit gave her recognition, as ...more
Mini review posted to Litsy: 3.5 Stars - I finished #LillianBoxfish this evening. I admired and respected Lillian. I found her to be very real, flawed, and interesting. The pace of the book was a little slow. The ending fell a little flat for me, but I enjoyed the author’s writing style. I am looking forward to our final discussion Sunday, and I am excited to find out more about the ...more
While going from place to place, Lillian retraces many of her life's milestones: moving to New York, in search of adventure and to escape her parents; her much loved job at Macy's, writing copy; her marriage and motherhood; her subsequent divorce; losing her job because of impending motherhood, and a major nervous break ...more
This novel is inspired by the life of Margaret Fishback. Haven't heard of her? Neither had I! Here is a quick resumé: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margare...
Go ahead and read it. It is not going to wreck the story. What is presented are merely the bones on which the fictional story is drawn. Fishback died in 1985. When Lillian dies, we do no ...more
Its the last day of 1984. Lillian boxfish dons orange fire lipstick, riding boots and her mink coat, bids Phoebe (her cat) good bye and walks out of her apartment for her standing appointment at her favorite Italian restaurant. As she sets out on foot, she begins to reminisce about her past. At 85 years young, Lillian has had a interesting life, to say the lest.
Inspired by the real life poet and advertising copywriter, Margaret Fishback, Lillian Boxfish ...more
You’ve earned respect and success, even though it’s normal to be paid less than a man.
But you’ve met someone. If you marry and have a child (as everyone expects you to), you’ll lose the job you love.
Welcome to twentieth century America, where women are valued for youth and fertility, rather than brains and ability.
It’s enough to drive a girl crazy – or should I say – drive a woman crazy. As Lilian comments - recalling a psychiatrist calling her a ‘reasonable girl’- ...more
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