Despite her age, Lillian Boxfish is not ready to retire from life. Instead, she takes a walk. A long and fascinating walk. This is a story of that walk, of the people she meets, and of a life well lived.
Gilt is an altar wrought in gold and black: to conflict; to tradition and its alienation; to the American South and the way it erodes the female body; to expectations and the dark ecstasy of falling short.