Edie on the Green Screen

#1 Bestseller at Small Press Distribution


“Lisick’s languid prose has a magnetic pull to it (not dissimilar to the experience of watching a Noah Baumbach film) . . . It’s pleasurable to tag along on Lisick’s winding tour through the Bay Area . . . Lisick’s stringent humor is what makes this tale worth reading . . .”
—Kirkus Reviews

“At once an ode to a bygone San Francisco and its characters, who have been pushed to the edges by the city’s new era, this novel is a glorious, multilayered midlife coming-of-age story . . .”

“Beth Lisick’s Edie On The Green Screen really hit my sweet spot: a darkly funny, honest, touching look at what it means to be an adult in the world today—and what happens when you can’t quite figure it out. I inhaled this book.”
—Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours

“Beth Lisick possesses one of the most alive narrative voices I have ever heard, full of humor and truth and pathos and smarts. I heard her read a piece of this novel at its start and I have been haunted by the driving beauty and passion of it.”
—Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir

“Beth Lisick’s writing is so vivid, so alert, intelligent and alive you feel ninety-eight percent smarter every moment that you read her—when you’re not doubled over in helpless, delighted laughter. If Eve Babitz was living and writing in the Mission District today, this is who she’d be.”
—Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine

“Beth Lisick has proven time and time again to be the storytelling voice of our collective adolescence, of our dreaming in vast American suburbs, and our heading into cities, come what may. She’s a rare voice in the age of quasi instant gratification like posts and tweets—a writer who waits until the time is right and the words are ready. Edie on the Green Screen is somehow both a howl and a murmur, bright and shadowy, funny and heart-worn. Here’s that book we’re all always hoping to find next, the one that feels like you’re hanging out with a new friend—one who finishes telling you a story that leaves you sated but immediately hoping there’s another, and another, and another.”
—Dan Kennedy, host of The Moth Podcast

Edie Wunderlich was a twenty-eight year-old It Girl in late ‘90s San Francisco, on the cover of the city’s alt-weekly, repping the freak party scene on the eve of the first dotcom boom. Fast-forward twenty years, and Edie hasn’t changed, but the city has. Still a bartender in the Mission, Edie now serves a seemingly never-ending stream of tech bros while the punk rock parties of the millennium’s end are long gone. When her mother dies, leaving Edie her Silicon Valley home, Edie finds herself mourning in the center of the Bay Area’s tech monoculture, and embarks on perhaps a last-ditch quest to hold on to her rebel heart.