Dropping by to share her latest release, author Alyson Richman’s THE RHYTHM OF MEMORY is a heart-wrenching story set against the war and political upheaval landscape where two couples’s lives are touch in inexplicable ways; leading them a heart wrenching journey of loss, love and forgiveness.
“The Rhythm of Memory” is a book that weaves the distinct stories about two marriages that evolve against the Nordic landscapes of Sweden. Neither of the main characters is Swedish, though, as they are all political exiles who find asylum there. I weave in the stories of the alluring Salomé, a woman who was wrongly imprisoned in Chile by the Pinochet regime as a result of her famous husband’s political beliefs, and that of the doctor (himself a victim of war and tragedy) who treats her trauma. The novel is written much like a dance, where the characters reveal their stories both independently but also overlap in places as well. Each character in “The Rhythm of Memory” is keeping a secret from the people they love in order to spare them pain, but in the end, this secret often causes them to grow further away from the ones they had sought so hard to protect. For my readers who loved “The Lost Wife,” I hope you will also read “The Rhythm of Memory” and learn about two other distinct periods of history and two love stories that once again depict the resilience of the human spirit to continue to love despite the backdrop of extreme political turmoil.
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In this sweeping epic, true love transcends the brutality of war.
Octavio Ribeiro loves truth, beauty, literature, and above all else, his wife Salomé. As a student in
he courted her with the words of great poets, and she fell in love with his
fierce intelligence and uncompromising passion. Then a sudden coup brings a
brutal military dictatorship into power, and puts anyone who resists in grave
Salomé begs Octavio to put his family’s safety first, rather than speak against the new regime. When he refuses, it’s Salomé who pays the price.
Belatedly awake to the reality of their danger, Octavio finds political asylum for the family in
But for Salomé, the path back to love is fraught with painful secrets, and the
knowledge that they can never go home again. Sweden
Meet the Author
Alyson Richman is the author of: The Mask Carver’s Son, Swedish Tango, and The Last Van Gogh. As of next year, her novels will be published in more than ten languages. Her books have received both national and international critical acclaim, having been reviewed favorably in The New York Times Book Review, The Dallas Morning News, The San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and many other national print outlets. The Last Van Gogh was nominated as a Book Sense Notable Pick in 2006. She has appeared on both national television and radio syndicates promoting her work. A graduate of
and a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, she currently lives with her husband and
children in Wellesley College .
Her fourth novel, The Lost Wife, which was as published in September 2011 was
recently awarded The 2012 Long Island Reads Selection and is now a national
best seller. To learn more go to www.alysonrichman.com Long Island, New York
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