Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

by Kathleen Rooney


“Prescient and quick . . .. A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”
Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary . . . hilarious . . . Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time ― and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)

“Rooney’s delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor.”
Booklist (starred review)

Easily the best gadding-around-town novel since Dawn Powell and Dorothy Parker.
— Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and We Are Pirates

What a city and what a gal!
— Ellen Sandmeyer, Sandmeyer’s Bookstore

It reminded me of Anne Tyler, transferred from Baltimore to Manhattan This is a lady worth taking a journey with.
— Alden Graves, Northshire Bookstore


Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Pub Date: January 17, 2017
304 pages. $25.95 Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1250113320
and many fine indie bookstores


Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! (Fifth Star Press, 2014) and the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). She is a winner of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship Her reviews and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times MagazineThe Rumpus, The Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay.


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