Interview with Richard Alther on


“Richard Alther chatted with EDGE recently about his newest novel.

EDGE: You’ve written two novels before this, “The Decade of Blind Dates” and “Siegfried Follies.” Do you see (or intend) an arc being described by all of these books if taken as a whole?

Richard Alther: Looking back on three novels I can see each is concerned with a plea for tolerance, for honoring diversity. “The Decade of Blind Dates” is tongue-in-cheek and very entertaining: A man comes out, supported by his straight ex-wife and teenage kids to “go for it.” Lots of sex and shenanigans, but underneath is a picture of normalcy: Half of us, straight or gay, have second chapters in midlife with all the wackiness of dating again.”

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