Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Kathleen Rooney
April 06, 2017

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

By: Kathleen Rooney, Department of English

Lillian Boxfish 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 a 10-mile walk through Manhattan, meeting people and having adventures.

(Image courtesy of St. Martin's Press)

What makes your book or chapter different or unique from others in the same genre? 

There are a lot of books about flaneurs--male walkers, drifting through urban landscapes--but not a lot about flaneuses--women doing the same. "Lillian Boxfish" aims to add, in its own small way, to the literature of women who love to walk through cities.

About the author:

A founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, Kathleen Rooney is the co-editor with Eric Plattner of "Rene Magritte: Selected Writings." Her second novel, "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk," has just been released by St. Martin's Press. She teaches English at DePaul University and lives in Chicago with her husband, the writer Martin Seay.

Publisher, publication date, length:

St. Martin's Press, January 2017, 304 pages

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