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From the #1 international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother’s love, a teacher’s promise, and a child’s heart....

Travels from: New York

Alyson Richman

Alyson Richman is the #1 international bestselling author of seven novels including The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, and The Lost Wife, which is currently in development for a major motion picture. The Secret of Clouds was published in February 2019, and centers around the transformative bond between a mother and her son, and a teacher and her student.

Alyson spent her childhood in both Long Island and Japan, is the daughter of an abstract artist and an electrical engineer, and graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in art history and Japanese studies.  She herself is an accomplished painter, and her novels combine her deep love of art, historical research, and travel.  

Alyson's novels have been published in thirty countries and twenty languages. Her books have received critical acclaim in both the United States and abroad, where they, have been bestsellers in, not only the United States, but, also, several countries. She lives in Long Island with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on her next novel, The Rivers of Grace.

THE SECRET OF CLOUDS is a story of family bonds, heartbreak, healing and hope—one that reminds us it is not how long we live but how well we live that matters most. The tenderly written ending will bring you to tears, but in the best possible way.
— Lisa Wingate, author of BEFORE WE WERE YOURS

Talks and Topics

  • The Inextinguishable Spirit: Artists and Musicians Against the Backdrop of WWII

  • The Novel Through an Artistic Lens

  • A Teacher's Legacy, A Writer's Promise: The Secret of Clouds

  • Inspiriation, Curiosity and the Pursuit of Discovering Truth in Fiction

  • Community Read Talk: The Lost Wife

  • Traveling Through Time: A Novelist's Pursuit of Capturing History on Her Pages.

THE SECRET OF CLOUDS is a tender, captivating, and ultimately satisfying story about the emotional gifts exchanged between a caring teacher and a student in need. Thank you, Alyson Richman, for another heartrending tale.

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