Wise Fool (Memoir/Creative Nonfiction), Hoboken, NJ
Wise Fool is a coming of age memoir set in the 1980s-2000s amid family dysfunctions, literary jealousy, and dirty politics — and finding creative ways to cope.
“It’s a story of survival through humor and hope at a time when many of us hid our differences. I hope it educates, inspires, entertains.”
Caren Lissner’s essays and humor have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, and Lit Hub. Her nerdy first novel, Carrie Pilby (2003), was adapted into a romantic comedy film that’s currently streaming on Netflix. By day, she works as a journalist covering social issues and New Jersey politics. By night she’s finishing up her hygge-inducing next novel, which takes place in New England in winter, as well as her offbeat memoir, Wise Fool. Reach out via carenlissner.com and enjoy her photos of New Jersey and New England life on Instagram @carenlissner.