“Waiting On” Wednesday: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My “Waiting On” Wednesday pick is Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney.
Cover of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Title: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Author: Kathleen Rooney

Publication date: January 17th 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pre-order: Book Depository | Amazon

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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. (From Goodreads.)

I’m currently reading Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit. It’s a cultural history of walking, so a novel framed around a walk is especially appealing. Too bad it’s still months away.

What book are you looking forward to this Wednesday?

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