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In conversation with David Gotz, archivist at the Belvedere/Tiburon Landmarks Society
Bridget Jones penned a diary; Roxy writes letters. A bit about Roxy. She is a sometimes vegan, always broke artist with a heart the size of Texas and an ex-boyfriend living in her spare bedroom. She has a less than inspiring job at the deli counter of the original Whole Foods in Austin, TX. It’s been ages since she had sex with someone other than her—admittedly, superlative—vibrator. And Roxy is outraged at the big corporate changes taking root in her beloved hometown.
When a new Lululemon pops up at the intersection of 6th and Lamar where the old Waterloo Video used to be, Roxy can stay silent no longer. Encouraged by her two best friends—Annie, former deli counter comrade and current assistant to the Whole Foods CEO; and vivacious Artemis who has as many personas as she has paramours—Roxy stages a protest. What starts as her fight against a corporate active-wear takeover turns into an adventure of self- discovery—replete with troublesome neighbors, good (and not-so-good) sex, an arrest or two, professional growth, and maybe even love along the way.
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 Magazine, The New York Times, The Millions, and other publications.