Talk & Signing: Joe Pace, author of After Lisa

When Andy Chester loses his thirtysomething wife Lisa to breast cancer, it doesn’t take long for his world to fall apart. His business teeters on the edge of financial ruin. His overbearing father-in-law is convinced Andy is unfit to raise his young son and daughter alone. Adrift in a world he struggles to navigate without his beloved Lisa, Andy begins a grief journey with no certain destination.

Even as he spirals into despair, Andy’s eclectic network of support tries to help. Buddy Cormier, a French Canadian-Mik’Maq womanizer from the Maine backwoods and Andy’s best friend. The Narwhal, a legendary comic-book and tabletop role-playing game personality from whom Andy inherited his Olympia hobby shop. Andy’s alcoholic sister Nan, a San Francisco art dealer and adoptive lesbian mother.

Despite their efforts, Andy confronts the possibility that whether or not there’s life after death, there may be no life After Lisa.


Praise for After Lisa:

"Joe Pace's After Lisa is more than just a story of loss; it's a testament to the enduring nature of love and the human spirit's capacity to heal. It acknowledges that love, in all its imperfections and with its blend of joy and sorrow, remains a powerful force, ever-present even in the face of loss."
-Literary Titan

"A beautifully written, absorbing, contemplative, and introspective story."
-Jennie More for Readers Favorite


A Seacoast native, Joe Pace is a graduate of Exeter High School and the University of New Hampshire. After Lisa is his fourth published novel. His previous novel Moss was named Outstanding Work of Fiction at the 2023 NH Literary Awards and earned the 2023 Hawthorne Prize for Fiction.

Event date: 
Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
After Lisa By Joe Pace Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9798867543969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Independently Published - November 21st, 2023