The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship

The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship

by Paul Lisicky
The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship

The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship

by Paul Lisicky


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In The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of these relationships shift constantly. Denise and Paul, stretched by the demands of their writing lives, drift apart, and Paul's romance begins to falter. And the world around them is frail: environmental catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, and local disturbances make an unsettling backdrop to the pressing concerns of Denise's cancer diagnosis and Paul's impending breakup. Lisicky's compassionate heart and resilience seem all the stronger in the face of such searing losses. His survival—hard-won, unsentimental, authentic—proves that in turning toward loss, we embrace life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555977283
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Paul Lisicky is the author of four books, including Famous Builder and The Burning House. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Michener/Copernicus Society, among others. He teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden.

Table of Contents

Volcano 3

Rehearsal 11

Imitation Jane Bowles 15

A World Out There 18

Dig 22

Animal 32

Sometimes Relationships That Didn't Happen Are Worse Than the Ones That Did 43

Famous Writers 54

Monster 62

Furious 67

Wave 76

Artist Colony 80

A Fire in the Road 93

Oiled, Sooted, Smeared 105

High Maintenance 113

Windstorm 120

Romance and Betrayal and Fucking 129

Mystery Beast 138

Tree House 153

It Is Hard Work to Be Dead 162

Damage 172

Bye 181

The Freedom of Failure 187

The Narrow Door 196

Pasture of Darkness 214

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