Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Like walking into cool air conditioning on the muggiest day. Cool. Crisp. Clear as a bell. Rooney’s economical writing combined with smart vocabulary, a moving story, and characters that effervesce makes this book a joy.

Lillian Boxfish, an ad-woman and confirmed bachelorette, is something of an institution. Lillian Boxfish mother and wife is a more amorphous creature. And there’s the rub.

This book is funny/sad. A single paragraph could make me grin then bring me to my knees. Nothing ostentatious. Just life – and all the ways it comes at us. There’s a dark irony in who Lillian was, who she becomes and how that made me want to cry for large parts of the story.

A highly recommended read for a fabulous beach weekend.Lill

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