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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Author(s): Kathleen Rooney

Location(s): Manhattan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th Century

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She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for Macy’s department store to become the highest paid advertising woman in the world.

Now it s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier but the quick-tongued poet has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, shopkeepers, criminals, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed – and endured.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk 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.

Based on the life of Margaret Fishback, a protofeminist and pioneering ad woman.

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