Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

  • by Kathleen Rooney
  • Narrated by Xe Sands
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Library Journal Editors' Pick
It's the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take 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 she strolls Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest paid advertising woman in America - a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.
A love letter to city life - however shiny or sleazy - 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Between author Rooney's story and narrator Xe Sands's craftsmanship, this Walk will sweep listeners off their feet. Sands captures the essence of 80-year-old Lillian Boxfish, who is modeled after groundbreaking advertising icon Margaret Fishback, a former Macy's copywriter and poet.... Through Sands we feel the force of Lillian's personality - with all its drive, wit, and grace - as well as the counterforces that want to constrain it. A concluding interview explores why the performances of the most exemplary narrators are so seemingly effortless yet so compelling." (AudioFile)

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Most Helpful

Amazingly well written

If you enjoy intelligent writing and stories you'll enjoy this book. It's not a thriller, yet the highly well-spoken heroine was thrilling to listen to. Every time she uttered the perfect comeback to a rude, jealous or unthoughtful person I found myself wishing I had that ability. Every time she engage with a stranger and brought out their essence, I was amazed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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- Suzanne K

Fabulous story

Love how this book romanticized Manhattan in the early 20th century through the eyes of a woman whose mirror no longer reflects the youth her spirit beholds.
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- Terri J Behnke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio