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Al Riske

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“Al Riske … understands how to walk the tightrope of subtle emotional resonance.”
— Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward, Love in the Present Tense, and Chasing Windmills, among many others.

“Riske’s characters brim with the fears, desires, and idiosyncrasies of real, complex human beings.”
— Laura Matter, Blue Mesa Review

“A hugely talented writer, Al Riske beautifully captures the nuanced behavior of relationships and the universal struggle to understand why we do what we do.”
— Rachel Canon, author of The Anniversary

Average rating: 3.67 · 105 ratings · 56 reviews · 7 distinct works
Sabrina's Window

3.39 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2012 — 9 editions
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The Possibility of Snow

3.56 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2015 — 7 editions
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Precarious: Stories of Love...

3.89 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2010 — 9 editions
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Then We'd Be Happy

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Combustible

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Together: Three Short Novels

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Tight, Simple, and Elegant Prose

In Combustible, we get to enjoy everything there is to love about Al Riske’s work. Tight, simple and elegant prose that cuts to the heart of the story (and its deeper essence). Friendships stretched and tested with the development of a new dynamic. Lives on the brink of transformation. Real people trying to make sense of their lives.

Pages that fly before you.

An ending you never could expect.

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"I loved comic books as a kid. I collected them (I still have the collection) and read them voraciously. But in my teens I moved on to read other things, and hadn’t read one in decades. I recently watched Sin City and loved it, so I felt an itch to re" Read more of this review »
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“The desert is full of things you can’t hold on to — light and heat and sand that slips through your fingers like friendships you once had.”
Al Riske

“They lived in the high desert, a sort of tumbleweed heaven, an imperfect paradise somewhere south of bliss.”
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“I didn’t have to see your face to know it had turned into ice. Ice that could easily crack and fall to pieces if you weren’t careful.”
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“Any writer who knows what he's doing isn't doing very much.”
Nelson Algren

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
W. Somerset Maugham

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
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message 3: by Al

Al Riske THE WAIT IS OVER: Copies of my new novel appear to be shipping now (one week early) in your choice of hardback or paperback.


message 2: by Al

Al Riske One year ago today, my first novel made its official debut in bookstores. To everyone who has read Sabrina's Window, thank you. Especially those of you who wrote glowing reviews. If you haven't read it, what are you waiting for?


message 1: by Al

Al Riske It was a truly seminal book for me.

By the way, I was born in your neck of the woods. Shelton, to be exact.


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