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Lillian boxfish takes a walk / Kathleen Rooney.

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  • 5 of 6 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rockville Public Library.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rockville Public Library F ROO (Text to phone) 34035138913294 Adult Large Type Available -

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General Note:
"A novel"--Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-434).
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: City and town life > New York (State) > New York > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Older women > Fiction.
Reminiscing > Fiction.
Large type books.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Genre: Large type books.
Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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