The Rhythm of Memory
By Alyson Richman
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425258774, 416pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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In this sweeping epic, true love transcends the brutality of war.
Octavio Ribeiro loves truth, beauty, literature, and above all else, his wife Salomé. As a student in Chile, he courted her with the words of great poets, and she fell in love with his fierce intelligence and uncompromising passion. Then a sudden coup brings a brutal military dictatorship into power, and puts anyone who resists in grave danger.
Salomé begs Octavio to put his family’s safety first, rather than speak against the new regime. When he refuses, it’s Salomé who pays the price.
Belatedly awake to the reality of their danger, Octavio finds political asylum for the family in Sweden. But for Salomé, the path back to love is fraught with painful secrets, and the knowledge that they can never go home again.
Previously published as Swedish Tango
Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver’s Son, The Last Van Gogh, and The Lost Wife.
Praise for The Rhythm of Memory
"An engrossing examination of the prisons people create for themselves...an ambitious exploration of political and personal struggles."—Publishers Weekly
"A heart-wrenching story of loss and love."—Library Journal
"Beautiful, evocative language and sense of place."—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Lost Wife
"A truly beautiful heartfelt story...I couldn't put it down once I started it. Ms. Richman is a very special talent."—New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah
"Staggeringly evocative, romantic, heartrending, sensual, and beautifully written...the Sophie's Choice of this generation."—New York Times bestselling author John Lescroat
"Daringly constructed."—Two-time Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Loring Mandel
"Tense, emotional and fulfilling."—NBC News Special Correspondent and Jewish National Book Award winner Martin Fletcher