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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 will be out 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, and 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.  Richman’s childhood was spent in both Long Island and Japan.  She later returned to Japan during her Junior year abroad from Wellesley, where she lived in the ancient city of Kyoto.  There she apprenticed herself to one of Japan’s few remaining mask carvers for the Noh theater, which dates back to the 14th Century and where the actors are dressed in richly embroidered kimonos and cover and wear intricately carved wooden masks.  Richman spent nine months carving a single mask from a block of cypress wood using centuries-old techniques. 

These experiences later became the foundation for her first novel, The Mask Carver’s Son, which tells the story of a 19th Century man born into an esteemed family of Noh mask carvers who leaves his home in Tokyo to pursue his lifelong dream of studying with the Impressionists in Paris.  It was praised by The New York Times Book Review as “a meticulous profile of a man struggling against his native culture, his family, and his own sense of responsibility."

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.

Short Bio

Alyson Richman is the #1 international bestselling author of seven novels including The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, and The Lost Wife. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow. She 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.   Her novels have been published in twenty languages and have been bestsellers in several countries.  The Lost Wife is currently in development to be a major motion picture.