Richard Alther, Author

“In my professional painting career, over a number of years I sold several hundreds of paintings at galleries from London and Montreal to Vermont and California. They slid down easily, watercolor and oil landscapes or waterscapes barely defined, very impressionistic, which I came to realize was a way to express my world view before writing fiction. ..the view that places healing, calming, restorative nature above the flak of modern life. This spirit is very much at the soul of ROXIE & FRED.”

~ Richard Alther

“Readers will enjoy the warm-hearted celebration of this zesty old woman savoring the hell out of her final years.”

~ Judith Viorst, journalist and bestselling author of

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An excerpt from Richard's recent Q&A on his upcoming novel BEDSIDE MATTERS:

QUESTION: What challenges or fears did you face with writing BEDSIDE MATTERS and how did you overcome them? What did you find most rewarding about the experience?

RICHARD: Since my earliest days of reading certain serious novelists (Updike, Malamud, Bellow, Roth), I too have been compelled by our mortality, which we do our best to ignore in this culture. It was a challenge to confront this head-on, almost like a rehearsal for when it is my time. This fictional version is but one of many: mind over matter.
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