The Roxy Letters: A Novel (Paperback)

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Roxy is a hot mess. There is no getting around it, but Roxy, ever the optimist, is always ready to keep moving forward (sometimes in ways that somehow just don't seem like a good idea). As we follow Roxy recovering from a post-break up slump in her art and her life in general, we barrel through the ever gentrifying Austin, Texas at a breakneck speed. We experience how this whirlwind woman plans on changing the world and hopefully gain control of her life. I loved the format of this book as it is written through letters to her ex-boyfriend/renter/absentee "friend". They are funny, they are insightful, and they are a rollicking good time.

— Rebecca G

April 2020 Indie Next List

“Move over Bridget Jones, Roxy is here to stay! Thank goddess! I loved every sentence of The Roxy Letters; I found myself laughing out loud at some of her wacky antics. I also loved the quirky cast of characters that danced across the pages, and I think Roxy is the perfect antihero for the new millennium. I can’t wait to see where Mary Pauline Lowry’s career is headed!”
— Kathleen Caldwell, A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA


Meet Roxy. For fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes “just the kind of comic novel we need right now” (The Washington Post) about an Austin artist trying to figure out her life one letter to her ex-boyfriend at a time.

Bridget Jones penned a diary; Roxy writes letters. Specifically: she writes letters to her hapless, rent-avoidant ex-boyfriend—and current roommate—Everett. This charming and funny twenty-something is under-employed (and under-romanced), and she’s decidedly fed up with the indignities she endures as a deli maid at Whole Foods (the original), and the dismaying speed at which her beloved Austin is becoming corporatized. When a new Lululemon pops up at the intersection of Sixth and Lamar where the old Waterloo Video used to be, Roxy can stay silent no longer.

As her letters to Everett become less about overdue rent and more about the state of her life, Roxy realizes she’s ready to be the heroine of her own story. She decides to team up with her two best friends to save Austin—and rescue Roxy’s love life—in whatever way they can. But can this spunky, unforgettable millennial keep Austin weird, avoid arrest, and find romance—and even creative inspiration—in the process?

With timely themes and hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments, Roxy Letters is a smart and clever story that is “bursting with originality, quirky wit, and delightful charm” (Hannah Orenstein, author of Playing with Matches).

About the Author

Mary Pauline Lowry is a native of Austin, Texas. She received her MFA from Boise State University. The author of the novels The Roxy Letters and Wildfire, she’s also a regular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe New York TimesThe Millions, and other publications.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982121440
ISBN-10: 1982121440
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English