- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Daunt Books (June 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911547011
- ISBN-13: 978-1911547013
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk Paperback – June 28, 2017
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Along the way to Wendy’s home, Lillian recalls the story of her life, from the time she moved to New York, to her job at Macy’s, marrying her husband, and his divorcing her; and of her love for walking and writing. Hers is a story of life and how to grasp it, and how to regain it when it slips away from you. It is a moving account of a feisty old lady who tells us how feisty she was when young; that even America in the 1930s could not bump a woman of drive and ability off the road.
This passage illustrates the wit and charm of Rooney’s book: ‘“Love, Olive is not what I scoff at,” I said. “What I scoff at is rank sentimentalism: the silly idea of love that advertisers – including us – use to sell everything from soup to soap to subjugation. As for the city, Olive, I live here because I like it.”
“You like it because it’s fashionable.”
“No, Olive,” I said. “I like it for the same reason that it’s fashionable. Namely, that it is pretty swell.”’
I do not know if this book has won any prizes, but it clearly deserves one.