Roxie & Fred
“We’ve had Colette’s aging courtesan Lea and her young lover Cheri; the unlikely pairing of the movie couple Harold (age 20) and Maud (age 79); and, most recently, the 39-year-old President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and his 24-years-older wife Brigitte. So the timing seems perfect for Roxie and Fred, Richard Alther’s novel of sex and friendship between an 88-year-old woman (in excellent shape!) and a 40-years-her-junior man (who requires a diet and some exercise to keep up). 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
I’M TOO YOUNG TO BE SEVENTY
“Brilliantly written! I really enjoyed this book, I couldn’t put it down, a wonderful love story with so much depth, I felt very inspired and very young when I finished it. What a delight!”
~ Nicola Griffin, Internationally Acclaimed Mature Model
“Sharp and sensual, Roxie and Fred is a provocative love story that explores…two very different people who yearn for connection. A sweet, sultry romance that shows how desire based on intellectual attraction trumps disparities of age and experience. These artists’ affair is definitely one to remember.”
~ 5-Star Review by Claire Foster in Foreword Reviews
Now Available from Regent Press.
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The Scar Letters
“…a beautifully written account of a gay man’s psychological and emotional journey from being the victim of a chilling hate crime to blossoming into a self-assured individual. Rudy must reconcile not only the horrible memory and scars of his attack, but also his childhood and romantic past….Beyond fiction THE SCAR LETTERS is a valuable player in the social battles and conversations that permeate the media and all of our relationships today.”
~ Elise Wallace, The Editorial Freelancers Association
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“How could the Germans create a Holocaust? What is in the Jewish spirit that has provoked persecution through the centuries? Unflinchingly, in exploring the psyches of two men and the culture in which each is embedded, this rich novel probes the world as a whole. Richard Alther delves into German and Jewish history, the Talmud, the Old Testament, Wagnerian opera, and writings ranging from Mein Kampf to stories from the Ball Shem Tov, resulting in a riveting story of two orphans, polar opposites, who forge an intimate bond.”
~ Maria Espinosa, American Book Award Winner for the novel, LONGING
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The Decade of Blind Dates
“Hilarious… Pre-Internet personals, perseverance, and a strong swimmer’s sturdy build all pay off for the narrator of this engaging episodic novel about a rural gay artist’s decade-long-search, after coming out at midlife, for heart-connecting love-not just sweaty sex. Alther’s word portraits of men met along the way-among them a Nordic-god New Age bodybuilder with a dull black toupee, a burly Bear with a bagful of erotic toys and a miniscule member, and a reclusive basket-weaver with magisterial forearms-are as humane as they are hilarious in a warm-hearted story.”
~ Richard Labonte, Books To Watch For
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Keep at it, Richard. You can bloody well write, and with great facility.
As a novelist I can ask questions and not necessarily seek answers. Fiction, as opposed to non-fiction, has meant for me to wonder and eavesdrop, not to espouse a point-of-view…to peel endless layers of the onion in pursuit of discovery, wisdom, tolerance of diversity, compassion.