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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: RICHARD ALTHER discusses his novel BEDSIDE MATTERS with CARLA MALDEN

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Richard in conversation with Carla Malden

News

Bedside Matters Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“With an unsentimental eye, Alther (Roxie & Fred) richly examines a life nearly at its end.” Read Full Review

Kirkus Reviews
“An introspective tale that offers a beautiful ending…”
“In his fifth novel, Alther impressively tackles what many writers call “the bathtub story” because the protagonist can only sit and think—in a bathtub or, in Walter’s case, a bed. Working within these deliberate constraints, the story shines… through moments of humor that break the initial melancholy and acerbic tone.”

Essays

Richard Alther: Bedside Matters Essay for Writer’s Digest:

Why Did I Write a Novel About Death?

What draws an author to a particular subject? In this article, novelist Richard Alther discusses why he was drawn to discussing death in his latest novel Bedside Matters. Read full article…

Features

Burlington Free Press, part of the USA today network

Burlington Free Press (May 26, 2021)
38 Vermont books to meet all your summer reading needs: burlingtonfreepress.com

Coachella Valley Independent

Coachella Valley Independent (March 9th, 2021)
The Saga of Will and Walt: An Excerpt From Richard Alther’s ‘Bedside Matters’: cvindependent.com

Keep at it, Richard. You can bloody well write, and with great facility.
Doris Lessing