This is the first book I’ve read by Kathleen Rooney, and it’s the first book of 2017 to get 5 stars.
Tuesday, January 17th is the publication date for this amazing book, but if you’re a member of the Book of the Month club you may have snagged your copy early. If you haven’t put this on your TBR – do it. Order it, reserve it at the library – but read it! It’s fantastic.
It’s December 31, 1984. Lillian Boxfish is 84, getting off the phone with her only child who is letting her know that his step-mother is dying, and he’d like her to move to Maine to be closer to him and his family. Lillian loves New York City. She’s not going anywhere, other than to dinner at 5:30 for her New Year’s Eve tradition at a friend’s restaurant.
She walks to the restaurant, but finds she’s not hungry, and after a drink decides to take a longer walk around the city she loves, passing by various places that have played significant roles in her life. She encounters people along the way with the best and the worst intentions. Lillian sees them with a keen, clear eye, and levels people with her sharp wit, and with understanding that she has learned in her 80 plus years of life.
Lillian is a feminist, a career woman, a poet, a lover, friend and mother. She looks back on her life with a clarity and sense of humor that is a joy to read.
I’m thrilled that NetGalley gave me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a review.