The Rhythm of Memory by Alyson Richman

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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


About Alyson Richman

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Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver's Son, Swedish Tango, and The Last Van Gogh. She lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and two children.
Published October 2, 2012 by Berkley. 412 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Octavio met Salome, she was a beautiful schoolgirl with thick dark tresses and the most beautiful face he had ever seen.

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