Rooney's new book, her second novel, is Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Rooney's reply:
My latest novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, takes place in New York City. The title character, Lillian, takes a 10-or-so-mile walk through the rundown Manhattan of New Year’s Eve 1984, and as she does so, she looks back on her life since she arrived there in 1926. I love New York, but I live and walk in Chicago.Learn more about the book and author at Kathleen Rooney's website.
I love my city and am always seeking ways to better understand it—the people who live here and why its neighborhoods are the way they are. Currently, I’m reading Natalie Y. Moore’s The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, which is an immensely insightful examination of racism, disinvestment, and inequality and how these factors have historically shaped—and continue to shape—America’s third most-populous city. Walking through Chicago, it’s easy to see that the South and West Sides are vastly less resourced than downtown and the North Side. Moore’s book blends personal narrative, research, data and memoir to offer a smart, accessible look at how, as she says, “segregation amplifies racial inequalities” and how “the legacy of segregation and its ongoing policies keep Chicago divided.” So too does she offer remedies and solutions for how “Change is possible.”
My Book, The Movie: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk.