The Family That Inspired the Language of Food in Alyson Richman’s ‘The Secret of Clouds’

The Family That Inspired the Language of Food in Alyson Richman’s ‘The Secret of Clouds’

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Alyson Richman’s latest novel, The Secret of Clouds, is, as she puts it, her ‘love letter to teachers.’ Exploring the transformative bond between an ill child, Yuri, and his tutor, Maggie, the novel was inspired by Richman’s extraordinary friend, the type of person you don’t come across every day. Christina is a third grade teacher, who, each year, has her class write a letter to their eighteen-year-old selves. Christina then keeps the letters and mails them to the children upon their graduation from high school. Richman was understandably intrigued by Christina’s commitment to creating such a moving time capsule for each of …

The Incredible Teacher Who Inspired Bestseller Alyson Richman’s New Novel

The Incredible Teacher Who Inspired Bestseller Alyson Richman’s New Novel

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We’ve all had a teacher or two who stand out in our formative years as going above and beyond, making the experience of education into something truly extraordinary. When we remember the debt of gratitude we owe these individuals, it’s easy to imagine why bestselling author Alyson Richman might write a novel like The Secret of Clouds—a book which Richman calls her “love letter to teachers.” When speaking with Richman about her career, which amounts to no less than seven internationally bestselling novels, translated into a total of thirty languages, and an upcoming Hollywood adaptation of The Lost Wife, the role her …