INDIE NEXT Author Event: Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, and Victor Lodato, author of Edgar and Lucy
Join us at City Lit Books for a reading by two Indie Next authors: Victor Lodato, author of Edgar and Lucy and Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk.
Victor Lodato’s new book EDGAR AND LUCY is an intimately wrought, unexpectedly dark and lyrically written tour de force. Eight-year-old Edgar Fini is in love with two woman. There’s his mother, Lucy, who, though she has moments of devotion, mostly disappears at night with her various “suitors.” And then there’s his grandmother, Florence, who dotes on him to the point where she is at a loss when he isn’t around. Since his father’s suicide, Florence and Edgar’s relationship has become obsessive, each fully dependent on the other. When Florence suddenly dies, Lucy is thrown into the role of main caretaker and doesn’t know how to handle her new job. But as Edgar and Lucy adjust, they must also deal with Ron, a local butcher who wants to court Lucy, and Conrad, an unsettlingly attentive adult whose intentions are at once more sinister and more innocent than Edgar could ever know.
“A quirky coming of age novel that deepens into something dark and strange without losing its heart or its sense of wonder.” —Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK marks a welcome release for the talented and award-winning poet and author Kathleen Rooney. It’s New Year’s Eve 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish takes to the streets of her beloved New York City to celebrate. The city is full of grit and character. But so is Lillian. As she crosses the sometimes-perilous landscape of a run-down Manhattan, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be in surprising moments of generosity and grace. As Lillian strolls, she recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America, cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.
“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