2012 Selection

September 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm 4 comments

The Lost Wife

by Alyson Richman

The Long Island Reads Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected The Lost Wife by Long Island author Alyson Richman!

Released on September 6, 2011, and already in a second printing, this book tells the heart wrenching story of a love affair begun in pre-WWII Prague that was interrupted by fear and hatred. The Lost Wife is not just the story of a sixty-year love affair, but also an exploration of the power and durability of the artistic spirit and its need to create and document, even under the most horrific conditions.

Why The Lost Wife?

Early praise for The Lost Wife includes these descriptions: “…staggeringly evocative…”, “Daringly constructed…”, “…a love story wrapped in tragedy and survival…”, “The Sophie’s Choice of this generation.”

The book has a multi-generational appeal and is evocative of rich artistic and cultural elements from a world long gone.

Alyson Richman, a graduate of Wellesley College and a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, is a native Long Islander who currently lives with her husband and children in Huntington.

Ms. Richman is the author of three previous, well-received novels including The Last Van Gogh, which was nominated as a Book Sense Notable Pick in 2006. Her work has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times Book Review and The Los Angeles Times.

There are many programming opportunities.

The author will speak at a Long Island Reads author event during or near National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012.

The Lost Wife is or will be available in trade paperback, audio CD, eBook and large type.


Entry filed under: Long Island Reads.

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melissa  |  November 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Looks like a book I will be interested in reading by the descriptions “The Sophie’s Choice of this generation.”, good choice for the 2012 Long Island Reads book!

  • 2. Stacie Evers  |  March 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Reading the Lost Wife? If you live in the communities of Bayville, Oyster Bay or East Norwich, Locust Valley, Sea Cliff, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Roslyn…or anywhere in-between, join us on March 29 for a fabulous book discussion at the Metropolitan in Glen Cove. There will be refreshments, a raffle for prizes, and of course…we’ll discuss the book! Contact one of the above libraries for more details.

  • 3. tom morrow  |  April 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

    What does this book have to do with Long Island??? Poor choice and the subject matter is far played out!

    • 4. CHope  |  April 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Hi Tom,
      The book selected doesn’t always have to be set on Long Island. In this case, the author grew up and currently resides here.


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