Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by (A Review by Samantha Hartlen)

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I was really looking forward to this book – as it is based on the life of Margaret Fishback, a strong career woman of the 1920’s and 1930’s in New York. She was a copywriter for Macy’s and paved the way for women in writing and advertising. While the story was compelling, the way in which it was told was disjointed and difficult to follow.

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk near the end of her life, and narrates the different stories and experiences over the 50 years she has lived in New York. From women’s rights, to marriage, travel, how the city has changed, careers, and much more, there are several small interesting moments shared with the reader. I did, however, find a lack of cohesion within the novel. Additionally, while I appreciated the vocabulary that was used, I also felt like it distracted from the story.

I gave the book 2.5/5 for its important tale of a pioneer woman in the great city of New York! However, the way in which it was written was challenging for me to get through. I’d recommend it for anyone who is interested is exploring Margaret Fishback’s life, but not for anyone looking to pick up an easy-to-read novel. 

Review by Samantha Hartlen

Girly Book Club

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