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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: 3.65 · 106 ratings · 55 reviews · 6 distinct worksSimilar authors
Sabrina's Window

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The Possibility of Snow

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Then We'd Be Happy

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Three in One


This three-in-one volume, now available on Amazon, contains the following novels by yours truly:

Sabrina's Window 
On a chilly morning in Taos, New Mexico, a 17-year-old paperboy breaks the window of a 31-year-old hair stylist — an accident that marks the beginning of an instant, inexplicable bond between them. In the course of one high-desert summer, Joshua and Sabrina share con Read more of this blog post »
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"In the preface to the collection, Murakami writes that for him writing a short story is like jazz improvisation, “with the story taking me where it wants to go.” I think it is an apt description of the collection. I got the sense that he may have sta" Read more of this review »
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"Holy wow, I LOVED this book. I think it's my favorite book of the year, and that's saying something because I've read some really good books this year. It's scary, suspenseful, and unsettling, but also beautiful, surprising, and hopeful. On the cover" Read more of this review »
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"There is one word that describes this book perfectly, and that word is: enchanting!
Enchanting literally means "to put under a spell." Now I'm sure you can see why I think "The Lost SPELLS" is utterly enchanting!
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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.”
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“Any writer who knows what he's doing isn't doing very much.”
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“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
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“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.”
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“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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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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