Later: My Life at the Edge of the World

Graywolf. Mar. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781644450161. pap. $16. BIOG
Lisicky, known for his lyrical writing, has published several novels (Unbuilt Projects; The Burning House) and memoirs (The Narrow Door; Famous Builder). This latest work offers poetic recollections about his life in Provincetown, MA, located on the northern tip of Cape Cod. Lisicky’s love letter to “Ptown” explains how the location became a haven and a heaven for many gay men. He evokes his literary friendships, notably that of Elizabeth McCracken, the great contemporary fiction writer, and limns the atmosphere of Provincetown when he arrived in the early 1990s. There are chapters detailing his coming-of-age as a writer and the various love affairs he’s had throughout the years. Lisicky also waxes philosophical about an array of topics: death, family, and aging among them, much set against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis. His prose is beautiful but never overwrought, and almost aphoristic at times.
VERDICT This heartfelt memoir will appeal to literary readers, and certainly those with ties to Provincetown and its gay community.

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