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My Life at the Edge of the World
Paul Lisicky

When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving behind a history of family trauma to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion, acceptance, and art. In this idyllic haven, Lisicky searches for love and connection and comes into his own as he finds a sense of belonging. At the same time, the center of this community is consumed by the AIDS crisis, and the very structure of town life is being rewired out of necessity: What might this utopia look like during a time of dystopia? 

Later dramatizes a spectacular yet ravaged place and a unique era when more fully becoming one’s self collided with the realization that ongoingness couldn’t be taken for granted, and staying alive from moment to moment exacted absolute attention. Following the success of his acclaimed memoir, The Narrow Door, Lisicky fearlessly explores the body, queerness, love, illness, community, and belonging in this masterful, ingenious new book.

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A stunning portrait of community, identity, and sexuality, by the critically acclaimed author of The Narrow Door

About the Author

Paul  Lisicky
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Paul Lisicky is the author of five books, including Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, The Narrow Door, and Famous Builder. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, among others. He teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn.
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Upcoming Events

Paul Lisicky appearing virtually at Blue Stoop

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In conversation with Carter Sickles. This event will be virtual via Zoom.

Paul Lisicky appearing as part of the Franklin Park Reading Series

Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden in Brooklyn, NYview map

Paul Lisicky appearing virtually at The Center for Fiction

In conversation with Andrea Lawlor. Livestream via Zoom. 

Paul Lisicky appearing at Twenty Stories

Twenty Stories in Providence, RIview map
In conversation with Matthew Lawrence.

Paul Lisicky appearing at East End Books

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Paul Lisicky appearing at the Asbury Book Cooperative

High Voltage Cafe in Asbury Park, NJview map
In conversation with Paul Lisicky. 


  •  “A sobering sense of impermanence permeates the pages of Later, which acts as a ruminative guide to an exhilarating queer utopia, one reeling from the impact of a dystopian age.”Them.
  • “With deep sensitivity, love, and gravity, Lisicky finds connections both haunting and liberating in this tender and energetic book.”New York Observer
  • “A huge variety of people and even animals are given consideration and respect, including those who appear only on a few scattered pages. You’re reminded that looking closely can be a form of love.”Harper’s
  • “Part Lonely Planet guide, part ghost story, Paul Lisicky’s latest memoir may well cement his status as queer king of the genre. Encompassing the author’s time in Provincetown in the early 1990s, Later charts Lisicky’s journey of coming out and coming of age amid the backdrop of a gay idyll still reeling from the AIDS crisis.”Harper’s Bazaar  
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