Starting with Goodbye begins with loss and ends with love, as a midlife daughter rediscovers her enigmatic father after his death. When her dead dad drops in for “conversations,” his absent presence invites Lisa to examine why this parent she turned away from in life now holds her spellbound. Lisa reconsiders the affluent upbringing he financed (horses, lavish vacations, bulging closets), and the emotional distance that grew when he retired to Las Vegas and she remained in New Jersey where she and her husband earn moderate incomes. She also confronts death rituals, navigates new family dynamics, living both in memory and in the unfolding moment.
Lisa Romeo’s work has been nominated several times for Best American Essays, and is listed in Notables in Best American Essays 2016. Her creative nonfiction is published in literary and popular media, including the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Brevity, Under the Sun, Full Grown People, and many other places.
Lisa is thesis director for Bay Path University’s MFA program, has taught creative nonfiction at Montclair State University and Rutgers, and for The Writers Circle in New Jersey.