Friday, September 5, 2014

Alyson Richman The Garden of Letters Showcase

Today's post is a showcase of the new novel of the internationally acclaimed author Alyson Richman, The Garden of Letters. Set in the backdrop of WWII Italy its an epic story in an uncertain time.


  • ISBN-13: 9780425266250
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Pages: 384



Set against the rich backdrop of World War II Italy, Garden of Letters captures the hope, suspense, and romance of an uncertain era, in an epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery.
Alyson's last novel The Lost Wife has been adapted for film!
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MEET THE AUTHOR:Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver’s SonThe Rhythm of MemoryThe Last Van Gogh, and The Lost Wife. She lives in Long Island with her husband and two children. 

 On-sale: September 4, 2014 

Alyson Richman’s previous novel The Lost Wife dazzled on national bestseller lists and was praised by author John Lescroart as being “the Sophie’s Choice of this generation.”



By Bestselling Author

Alyson Richman

Praise for The Garden of Letters:

The Garden of Letters demonstrates artistry of the highest order. Lyrical and compelling, Alyson Richman’s novel of a cellist coming of age in wartime Italy is as layered as a symphony. Exquisite.”
Erika Robuck, author of Fallen Beauty

“Lyrical and rich…filled with beauty and tragedy, romance and heartbreak.”
Jillian Cantor, author of Margot

“Bottom line: you should read The Garden of Letters.”
Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us 
Best-selling author Alyson Richman has received both national and international praise for her work, including 15 language translations and honorable nominations such as the Book Sense Notable Pick in 2006. Following the success of her first three novels, Richman’s latest book, The Lost Wife, was critically acclaimed, chosen as a Jewish Book Council selection and winning the Long Island Reads Pick in 2012, praised by booksellers, bloggers, and media all around the country.

Now, Alyson Richman explores the life of a young musician swept into the Italian Resistance during World War II in THE GARDEN OF LETTERS (Berkley Trade Paperback; September 2, 2014; $16.00).

Accompanying readers back to the tumultuous times of the 1940’s, THE GARDEN OF LETTERS follows Elodie Bertolotti, a young cello prodigy. When Mussolini’s Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller, and as the occupation looms she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power to save lives.

But forced to escape to the small coastal village of Portofino, Elodie is scared and alone as she steps of the boat.  Fortunately, she is rescued by Angelo Rosselli, a young doctor shackled to guilt and haunted by his past. Attempting to escape her own tragedies, Elodie uses her musical talent to mount her courage and help others who suffer in the same way. In doing so, Elodie reawakens a spirit in Angelo he thought he’d lost, which ignites a spark between the two that changes the course of their lives forever.

THE GARDEN OF LETTERS is an incredible story of love, courage, and the power of the human spirit to find hope against the backdrop of war.

Alyson Richman is the bestselling author of The Mask Carver’s Son, The Rhythm of Memory, The Last Van Gogh, and The Lost Wife.

by Alyson Richman
Berkley Trade Paperback
On-sale: September 2, 2014
$16; ISBN: 978-0425266250

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  1. I absolutely love stories like this one. Thanks so much for letting us know about it! Have a wonderful weekend Debbie! :)

  2. Oh I love the setting and era for this Debbie.

  3. that is a spectacular cover! thanks for sharing Debbie :)

  4. Debbie, you keep finding them. My TBR stack is getting way to thick.